OPINION: Eurostar is a vital service for both France and the UK and should be saved

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The Local - [email protected] • 20 Jan, 2021 Updated Wed 20 Jan 2021 16:56 CEST
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The news that Eurostar is in serious financial trouble has stirred strong interest on both sides of the Channel, here one British writer explains in a Twitter thread why the service is vital for both the UK and France.


Last week a top French rail executive announced that the Eurostar is in a 'critical condition' after almost a year of travel restrictions lead to a collapse in passenger numbers.

"I'm very worried about Eurostar," Christophe Fanichet, a senior executive from France's state SNCF railways, which is the majority shareholder of Eurostar, told reporters.

"The company is in a critical state, I'd even say very critical," added Fanichet, who heads SNCF Voyageurs, the passenger unit of the network.

While many were horrified at the potential loss of such a well-loved and convenient service, other focused on which governments should bail out the ailing company, with some arguing that the UK government should not contribute since it has sold its stake in the company.



But in this passionately-argued thread, British European lecturer, blogger and Berlin resident Jon Worth lays out why the Eurostar is a vital service for France, the UK and Belgium and why all governments should benefit from easy, comfortable and high-speed connections.


































The Local 2021/01/20 16:56

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