Will Eurostar link to France con­tinue?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Last De­cem­ber I wrote to the Ken­tish Ex­press con­cern­ing the up­grade of the sig­nalling at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional for the new Eurostar trains.

I there­fore read with in­ter­est Chris Price’s Kent Busi­ness Up­date (KE, Fe­buary 9) which in­cluded news on the up­grade.

Ash­ford MP Damian Green, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil and Cllr Matthew Bal­four from KCC all seemed very pos­i­tive about the con­tin­u­a­tion of the pas­sen­ger link be­tween the UK and France.

But one voice was con­spic­u­ously ab­sent, that of Eurostar, who pre­vi­ously stated that it may not be pos­si­ble to op­er­ate ei­ther from an eco­nomic or prac­ti­cal stand­point, post Brexit.

Eurostar should know, they have been run­ning the ser­vice for more than 20 years. There­fore, should some­one not ask the ques­tion, if not Eurostar, then who? 2019 is not far off, if Eurostar do pull out, then who will take over?

If the link is so vi­tal to the econ­omy in Lon­don and the South East, should not this ques­tion be asked now, pre-Brexit, not post? John Walker Har­vey Road, Willes­bor­ough.

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