KENT County Council's wants to create regular forums between rail operators, the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) and Railtrack to get the best from the second phase of the channel tunnel rail link.

A spokesman for the KCC's strategic planning scrutiny committee said: “We want to get on with the job of improving our railways, to get commuters to and from work and get heavy lorries off our roads.”

It said it has already enlisted the support of the Government and has written to district council leaders and the SRA.