Go straight to France

York Press: Go straight to France Go straight to France

THE Government seems set to sell off the East Coast Main Line and has three potential bidders, while also looking at ways to innovate and grow the service.

I would suggest a direct route to France, with a new link from south of Peterborough and joining the existing high-speed route this side of the Thames.

This would be attractive to European travellers and take pressure off the London transport system. The distance of approximately 450 miles from York to Paris could be covered in about three hours.

So that the public have a direct involvement, shares could be issued to each adult and they could sell them if they wished.

The general public would be the owners as we currently are. The bidders would have their profits from sales.

Colin Clarke, The Crescent, Stamford Bridge, York.

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10:59am Wed 22 Jan 14

Sillybillies says...

York to Paris via the tunnel was tried by Eurostar when the tunnel first opened I seem to remember, and abandoned due to lack of demand.
York to Paris via the tunnel was tried by Eurostar when the tunnel first opened I seem to remember, and abandoned due to lack of demand. Sillybillies
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3:57pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Dr Brian says...

It would cost an absolute fortune to build a high speed rail link as suggested in the letter The international station to Paris etc is literally a couple of mins walking distance from Kings Cross so why bother disrupting the railway for such an ill conceived idea?
It would cost an absolute fortune to build a high speed rail link as suggested in the letter The international station to Paris etc is literally a couple of mins walking distance from Kings Cross so why bother disrupting the railway for such an ill conceived idea? Dr Brian
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1:30am Thu 23 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Although the idea itself is one that I can see why it's been raised, bypassing London for a big route like Scotland to France is simply NEVER going to happen - as this country believes that London is the centre of everything and always has been.
Other cities do have bypasses in place... you can go from York to Preston without having to go through Manchester for example; and some West Coast trains call at Birmingham International station instead of going through New Street in the city centre.
Although the idea itself is one that I can see why it's been raised, bypassing London for a big route like Scotland to France is simply NEVER going to happen - as this country believes that London is the centre of everything and always has been. Other cities do have bypasses in place... you can go from York to Preston without having to go through Manchester for example; and some West Coast trains call at Birmingham International station instead of going through New Street in the city centre. Magicman!
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