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Bring Back Euro Trains

Campaign for the return of international trains to Kent stations

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Parliamentary candidates’ pledges for General Election

Published: 12 June, 2024 | Tags: ,

BBET has contacted all MP candidates in all the constituencies in Kent and East Sussex, and two in Essex, asking them to sign our nine pledges. The pledges commit candidates to working for a resumption of international rail services at… Read More >

Ashford International terminal reopens – for French election!

Published: 10 June, 2024

French voters living in the Ashford area were briefly allowed to enter the international terminal at Ashford station in order to vote in yesterday’s European elections. The French consulate regularly hires venues throughout the UK at election time in order… Read More >

Labour needs to to broaden its rail strategy, says BBET

Published: 29 April, 2024

Last Thursday the Shadow Cabinet announced that Labour would bring the railways back into public ownership, if elected. Their announcement concerns improvements only in domestic railways, but Bring Back Euro Trains is asking them to think more widely and include… Read More >

Webinar interview with Michael and Edith Robson

Published: 11 April, 2024 | Tags:

Edith ran the successful campaign “Save our Eurostar” between 2007 and 2009 to maintain the direct services from Ashford to Brussels, running a petition that reached 11,000. Michael spent 40 years on the rail industry and in railway consultancy. This… Read More >

Webinar: Michael Solomon Williams of Campaign for Better Transport

Published: 10 April, 2024 | Tags:

Michael Solomon Williams is Campaigns Manager with Better Transport (formerly Transport 2000). Better Transport have a 50-year track record of advocacy for sustainable transport and campaigning for positive change. This was the fifth presentation of the Petition Anniversay Webinar that… Read More >

Webinar presentation by Damian Green MP

Published: 4 April, 2024 | Tags:

The Rt Hon Damian Green, MP for Ashford, has been an advocate for the return of international trains to Kent since the service stopped in March 2020. Last October, Damian brought the issue to Parliament to get in front of… Read More >

A business impacted by the loss of international trains, by JC Cothias

Published: 2 April, 2024 | Tags:

JC is a French entrpreneur who has lived in Ashford for 25 years. He runs a business employing a number of French nationals. His business is profoundly impacted by the loss of cross-Channel trains from Ashford and Ebbsfleet. Here he… Read More >

KCC business survey results presentation, by Andrew Osborne

Published: 2 April, 2024 | Tags:

Andrew Osborne is Head of Economic Development at Ashford Borough Council. He presents here the results of the business survey which was carried out between October 2023 and January 2024. This was the second presentation of the Petition Anniversay Webinar… Read More >

Webinar presentation: petition analysis, by Phillip Gay

Published: 2 April, 2024 | Tags:

Phillip is BBET’s IT specialist and in-house geek. Together with Bushra Akhtar, he has analysed the data generated by the petition and presents it here. The analysis was based on 52,694 signatures gathered between the petition’s launch on 9th March… Read More >

A lively and informative webinar yesterday

Published: 21 March, 2024 | Tags:

A big thank you to our guests Andrew Osborne, Mark Welch, Rt. Hon. Damian Green, Jean-Claude Cothias, Michael Solomon Williams and Michael and Edith Robson for their time and expertise yesterday. Some 60 participants heard the presentations and had a… Read More >