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

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 >

Save money with a CIV train ticket to St Pancras when taking the Eurostar

Published: 9 January, 2024

Eurostar’s continued refusal to stop for passengers at Ashford and Ebbsfleet stations is not only inconvenient for residents of Kent and the South East. It also adds considerable expense to the overall journey. But a little-known scheme called CIV can… Read More >

Big delays feared with introduction of EES

Published: 8 January, 2024

KCC councillors are warning that the introduction the the Schengen zone’s new biometric border checks, Entry-Exit System (EES), could cause major and long-lasting delays when they comes into force this October. The worry for Kent is that delays at the… Read More >

Cross-Channel rail route to Switzerland

Published: 27 December, 2023

Switzerland is one of the places that it hard to reach by rail from the UK. Journeys are long and involve a dash across Paris to change trains. Wouldn’t it be nice to go direct, and in under six hours?… Read More >

Eurostar restarts ski train

Published: 20 December, 2023 | Tags: ,

Eurostar ski trains once ran direct from London St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice, the heart of French skiing country. This route, cut during the pandemic, has just been reinstated with one difference: you have to change at Lille for… Read More >

Hope of local trains to and from Calais

Published: 20 December, 2023

Calais-Fr├ęthun has this in common with Ashford and Ebbsfleet: it was removed as a Eurostar stop during the pandemic and never reinstated. In this article published in Kent and Surrey Bylines, Charlotte Mbali describes a trip across the Channel to… Read More >

Paris-Berlin sleeper train revived

Published: 18 December, 2023 | Tags:

A new sleeper train service has started to offer night journeys between Paris and Berlin nine years after the original service was scrapped by the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn. The new service is operated by OBB (Austrian railways) as… Read More >