Channel Tunnel Act 1987

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Channel Tunnel Act 1987
Long title An Act to provide for the construction and operation of a railway tunnel system under the English Channel, together with associated works; to provide for connected improvements in the road network near Ashford, in Kent, and in the rail network in South Eastern England; to incorporate part of the railway tunnel system into the United Kingdom and to provide for the application and enforcement of law in relation to, and otherwise for the regulation of, that system and matters connected with it; to provide for the construction of certain highways and associated works in the vicinity of Folkestone; and for connected purposes. The Channel Tunnel was opened in 1994.
Citation 1987 c. 53
Territorial extent England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Royal assent 23 July 1987
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Channel Tunnel Act 1987 c.53 is an Act of Parliament which authorised the construction of the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France in accordance with a treaty signed in 1986. Section 2 of the Act forbade any public subsidy of the project.


This Act enables to be written Statutory Instruments:

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