Ebb­s­fleet’s weak links ex­posed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

AS a re­sult of the li­ne­side fire at Wandsworth Road and the pres­ence of gas cylin­ders, Eurostar ser­vices were with­drawn last Fri­day/ Satur­day. My hus­band, who was trav­el­ling home from Brus­sels man­aged to get on a Eurostar which ter­mi­nated at Ash­ford. I as­sume that the Lon­don-bound pas­sen­gers sim­ply used the do­mes­tic ser­vice. The point is that none of this would have been pos­si­ble at Ebb­s­fleet which has NO rail con­nec­tions and NO buses un­less you live in Dart­ford. Imag­ine try­ing to find coaches for 750 pas­sen­gers per train! Which sta­tion do you think of­fers the bet­ter ser­vice? Edith Rob­son (by e-mail)

THERE have been wide­spread protests from all over south east Eng­land against Eurostar’s pro­posal. To stop run­ning di­rect train ser­vices be­tween Ash­ford in­ter­na­tional and Brus­sels, as from this au­tumn – and to re­duce ser­vices to and from Lille to one a day. At present on six days of the week there are five trains a day each way be­tween Ash­ford and Brus­sels, all of which call at Lille, and a call at Lille each way by one of the Paris trains. There’s a good ser­vice on Sun­days, too. Th­ese trains give us vi­tal links with a large part of con­ti­nen­tal Europe. On be­half of Marsh­link Ac­tion Group, I’d like to urge ev­ery­one who dis­ap­proves of th­ese dras­tic cuts to join in the protest. Some of you may have al­ready signed a writ­ten pe­ti­tion; if not please do sign one if it comes your way. In ad­di­tion you can now also sign up to a Down­ing Street pe­ti­tion. The ad­dress on the in­ter­net is http:// pe­ti­tions.pm.gov.uk/Ash­fordBrus­sels. It’s very im­por­tant that we demon­strate to Eurostar, and the Gov­ern­ment, how many peo­ple care about this is­sue. Richard Holmes, chair­man, Marsh­Link Ac­tion Group

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