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EWS Welcomes Reports That Eurotunnel Is To Revise Fees For Freight Trains - 2837/6085
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

Rail freight operator English Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) has welcomed reports that Eurotunnel is preparing to revise the fees it charges freight trains to use the Channel Tunnel (link below.)

Newly restructured Groupe Eurotunnel intends to change the fee structure to revive the use of the tunnel for cross-Channel rail freight , according to a weekend report in the Financial Times.

Exact details have still to be finalised , but the newspaper reported Group Eurotunnel executive chairman Jacques Gounon as saying fees would be reduced in off-peak periods , such as through the night.

'An economic and affordable pricing regime for freight trains, set at a level the market can bear, will allow goods to be re-captured to freight trains,' an EWS spokesman told Thomson Financial News.

'The introduction of the revised charges will enable EWS to launch services connecting all parts of Britain with destinations across mainland Europe.'

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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