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It's been on the cards for ages and remember it's all political. The French government basically own Eurostar and we did not bail it out during covid. They have closed both stations in Kent for another 3 years as of this week to save money. Yet no regional stations in France are closed. It's political and financial but it really annoying I now have to spend an additional £50 to go back on myself and waste 2 additional hours from Ashford. Eurostar lost my money.
Yes I'm well aware however I still think that both the Government, the council and Alton Towers themselves should be aiming for it. It should be on the cards, but I've hard no mention of it even being a possibility. I think there are plenty of ways to make it happen.There are many entirely sensible reasons why Alton doesn't have a train station that are logistical, historical and financial.
I think you shall find Ashford international was well utilised until Eurostar built ebbsfleet which removed the number of services and was self harming. And yes the French government who own the French rail networks which in turn own Eurostar have a say in the operation's.The French government do not make decisions on the running of Eurostar. The Kent services are not restarting because they where under used pre-brexit and there isn’t the resource to retrofit the extra facilities the border controls require.
The anti-French rhetoric to have something to blame the fallout of brexit for is really disturbing to see.
I think you shall find Ashford international was well utilised until Eurostar built ebbsfleet which removed the number of services and was self harming. And yes the French government who own the French rail networks which in turn own Eurostar have a say in the operation's.
During the french election campaign recently the candidates who were appealing for votes from french citizens abroad (in UK and Kent) were slamming the decision of the French state owned rail services on cutting a Kent service.
May I also remind you that our government refused to bail out Eurostar as we would basically be handing money out to the French government for Eurostar who in return have now said headquarters, offices and operations are moving over to France.
As a regular user from Ashford I can say it was well used with the limited service options left. With the recent news of other operators including the Spanish network operator I hope Eurostars days are numbered. Competition with the use of Eurotunnel will hopefully stop the French stranglehold of the service.
May I remind you no French stations have closed, when I've stopped at them before no one got on or off.
It is the UK government who sold off their stakes in the Channel Tunnel and Eurostar,
But that is what the Tories do - sell of our assets to foreign governments.
To my knowledge, the only non-Paris French station that is served is Lille. And, to be fair, Lille is a massive city compared to somewhere like Ashford. Eurostar trains have not called at Calais-Fréthun for a while.
2) Ebsfleet may have indeed been a bad decision, all companies make them. Not sure what that has to do with your xenophobia?
3) Our government did refuse a Eurostar bailout which was certainly political but not because they have a problem giving the French government money. We throw cash at EDF and the various train operators they also own (funny isn’t it how the French make money through public ownership and we sold off all our countries cash generating assets
It's fine to discuss a very convenient direct transport option from the UK to the park being removed, discussion about a theme park/resort can and should go far beyond just the rides offered. So it's absolutely fine to talk about the reasons for that removal.Isn't the Forum supposed to be about... you know Disneyland Paris and its rides? Not politics?
Totally onboard with that. Transportation to and from dlp has always interested me. The fact that Ashford station has a 3 story permanent advert which is just of the castle always makes me smile when I walk past it in the international station. (Connects to the domestic station via a underground tunnel)It's fine to discuss a very convenient direct transport option from the UK to the park being removed, discussion about a theme park/resort can and should go far beyond just the rides offered. So it's absolutely fine to talk about the reasons for that removal.
As Rob has pointed out, if we can do so respectfully and try and remain constructive and on the topic of this service's removal. Of course if discussion starts to veer into Brexit etc, we have dedicated topics where that discussion can continue if that's what people would like to debate.