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Bring Back Euro Trains

Campaign for the return of international trains to Kent stations

General News

On this page you will find general reports and articles about cross-channel trains.

An anniversary peek behind the scenes at the Channel Tunnel

Published: 14 May, 2024 | Tags:

Kent Online reporter Rhys Griffiths was granted a special visit inside the Channel Tunnel to celebrate its 30th anniversary. As well as a trip down the service tunnel, Rhys also visited the command centre that coordinates trains and runs the… Read More >

Getlink offers cash to new cross-Channel rail operators

Published: 14 May, 2024

Getlink has always said there is plenty spare capacity for more passenger and freight services through the Channel Tunnel. Only Eurostar has operated any since the tunnel was opened, but other operators have shown an interest over the years especially… Read More >

30th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel

Published: 6 May, 2024 | Tags:

Following the commemorative trip to Calais, Ashford Borough Councillor and BBET core member Diccon Spain offers some thoughts on how Bring Back Euro Train’s campaign embodies the values Liberté, Égalité, and Fraternité. His speech was given at a commemorative event… Read More >

East Kent for Europe to mark Channel Tunnel’s 30th anniversary

Published: 16 April, 2024 | Tags:

East Kent for Europe, a branch of the European Movement, plans to celebrate 30 years since the opening of the Channel Tunnel with reciprocal return visits involving colleagues from Calais. Calais will host groups from Kent on May 4, and… Read More >

Eurostar: the view from Hastings

Published: 16 April, 2024 | Tags: ,

This slightly old (2022) article from the Hastings Independent is valuable for its insightful delve into the history of the international train service from Ashford, as viewed from Hastings. Ashford matters to Hastings because of the Marshlink line that runs… Read More >

Trains versus planes in Europe

Published: 8 March, 2024 | Tags:

Most players in aviation recognise that the industry needs to decarbonise. So do European policymakers, who are trying to replace short-haul air travel with rail. But as Philip Georgiadis and Alice Hancock report in the Financial Times, the plan is… Read More >

Eurostar voices concerns over EES

Published: 5 February, 2024 | Tags: ,

Eurostar has expressed concern that the new border checks will add massively to delays at their terminals. The new biometric system, due to come into force in October 2024, is “designed for airports rather than for city-centre and space-constrained terminals”,… Read More >

Air and rail compared over short-haul distances

Published: 4 February, 2024 | Tags:

As part of their commitment to net-zero, many European countries are preparing to ban short-haul flights where rail alternatives exist. This paper examines in depth the climate-change consequences of replacing air travel with rail transport: The picture is more compicated… Read More >

Passengers choose the plane over ‘expensive’ Eurostar

Published: 29 January, 2024 | Tags: ,

Eurostar tickets can vie with air travel for price as long as they are bought in advance. But, as the passengers inteviewed for this piece, for last-minute bookings, the plane is still unrivalled in cost. The passengers who spoke… Read More >

Channel-Tunnel trains present and future

Published: 18 January, 2024 | Tags:

Train commentator Jon Worth gives us a comprehensive description of the current state of passenger trains through the Channel Tunnel. He also examines in detail the different claims for expansion, whether for Eurostar or for its future competitors. He measures… Read More >