As part of the assessment of the Channel Tunnel after ten years of operation, the Centre for European Regional and Transport Economics (CERTE) at the University of Kent was commissioned by Eurotunnel and Kent County Council to evaluate the impact of the Tunnel on Kent and the likely trends for the future. The results of this study have now been made available as a report.
The study, carried out by Roger Vickerman, Professor of European Economics and Director of CERTE, Alan Hay, Honorary Professor of Geography and research assistant Kate Meredith, examines the impacts on the construction sector, the transport sector and a range of other enterprises including manufacturing, tourism, retail and distribution, together with the impacts on population and settlements.
In comparison with estimates of impact made before the Tunnel was constructed, the report finds that in terms of both traffic and direct economic impacts the Tunnel has had a smaller impact on Kent than was predicted. However, this simple finding hides a much more complex story of change in patterns of mobility and in the cross-Channel market.
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