5 thoughts on “Time to pull the plug on Eurostar?”

  1. Posted 22/07/2010 at 18:37 | Permalink

    Does that mean the tunnel should be filled in, or are you just for sealing the tunnel portals?

  2. Posted 22/07/2010 at 19:06 | Permalink

    I really don’t want to hear this. Having spent much of my working life taking school parties to France via trains, ferries, and trains again, Eurostar is bliss.

    Please somebody, convince me that Eurostar is not a sin, that it’s still ok to pop up to Ebbsfleet, drink a coffee, and be whisked off to Paris in two comfortable hours.

    What if we write off the debt of the tunnel? What if we take the really long view like the next century? There must be a way for something so good to be right.

  3. Posted 22/07/2010 at 20:35 | Permalink

    @Michael Petek – There could be alternative uses for the tunnels under London and the Thames in the event that unsubsidised train services did not provide the highest returns.

    @Richard – The Channel Tunnel itself was built with private money, although indirectly subsidised by the state-funded construction of the high-speed rail lines that feed into it. A possible alternative use for part of the rail link would be a high-speed toll road to the Tunnel, which would be great for school coach trips.

  4. Posted 23/07/2010 at 11:42 | Permalink

    If we had a sane planning system it might well be the case that a sufficiently high speed link could have been built more quickly and much more cheaply.

  5. Posted 25/07/2010 at 09:01 | Permalink

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