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Bring Back Euro Trains

Campaign for the return of international trains to Kent stations

Tag: Eurostar

Eurostar: the view from Hastings

Published: 16 April, 2024 | Category: General News

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 >

Eurostar voices concerns over EES

Published: 5 February, 2024 | Category: General News

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 >

Passengers choose the plane over ‘expensive’ Eurostar

Published: 29 January, 2024 | Category: General News

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 | Category: General News

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 >

Petition reaches 40,000 signatures

Published: 18 December, 2023 | Category: BBET Campaign

The “Bring back Eurostar train services to Kent” petition which launched our campaign has reached 40,000 signatures. What a fantastic result! Approached for comment, BBET said: “It’s great to see the number of people who have got behind this petition,… Read More >

Damian Green MP brings Eurostar debate to the House of Commons

Published: 29 October, 2023 | Category: BBET Campaign

Ashford MP Damian Green headed a debate in Parliament on 25th October in which he brought the loss of cross-channel services at Kent stations Ashford and Ebbsfleet to the attention of the Minister for Transport, Huw Merriman. The debate is… Read More >

Evolyn won’t stop at Ashford

Published: 16 October, 2023 | Category: General News

Kent Online confirm that the train company Evolyn, who have just commissioned 12 Channel-Tunnel-ready trains from Alstrom, do not plan to stop at Ashford or Ebbsfleet. Read Ruth Cassidy’s article here.

Eurostar no longer running below capacity

Published: 13 October, 2023 | Category: General News

In the two years that followed the end of the pandemic, Eurostar capped its trains at 80% capacity. This was because time it took to get all passengers through passport control and security at St Pancras made for unmanageably long… Read More >

Kent stations to re-open “when we can afford it”

Published: 13 October, 2023 | Category: General News

An article by Simon Calder in the Independent reports on a speech by Eurostar’s chief executive Gwendoline Cazenave insisting that the two disused stations on the route to the continent, Ebbsfleet and Ashford, would only re-open when the company can… Read More >

Evolyn to compete with Eurostar

Published: 13 October, 2023 | Category: General News

The Evening Standard brings us hope with a story about competition for Eurostar. Spanish-owned Evolyn has agreed to buy 12 Alstrom trains to put through the Channel Tunnel, for a new service to start in 2025. But the article’s author,… Read More >