When Eurostar was first put into operation I was surprised that ferry services for foot passengers connecting ferries with trains were discontinued.

This is not to say that ferries are always preferable. Sometimes direct trains are more convenient. But Eurostar’s monopoly on surface travel has meant:

  1. High fares in comparison to other continental services
  2. Strict unchangeable times (unless you are willing to pay through the nose for just the choice to pay the high fees for changing).  This adds considerable stress to travel.

The solution is to:

  1. Restore ferry services AND make easy physical connections between ferries and trains (i.e. with no cumbersome intervening bus services)
  2. Allow other rail operators (like Deutsche Bahn and SNCF) to run trains through the tunnel.

Why is this idea important?

Travel is where freedom begins, and this proposal will restore freedom as well as quality of life to travel between the UK and its continental neighbours.

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