Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Eurostar abandons plans for Heathrow-Paris rail link


PLANS to run Eurostar trainsfrom Heathrow to Paris have been shelved indefinitely, the company confirmed this week.

The management consortium which runs Eurostar, Inter Capital and Regional Railways, had proposed the link as an alternative to services from the North of England (NCE 7 January).

But a Eurostar spokesman said on Monday: 'We can't see any financial benefits from the Heathrow scheme.'

The project would have required electrification of a 2km section of track linking the West London Line to the Great Western Line at Acton. Short platforms meant the Eurostar trains would have had to be extensively modified to run at half length.

ICRR comprises British Airways, National Express, French rail operator SNCF and its Belgian counterpart SNCB. The House of Commons Transport Committee had accused ICRR of only suggesting the Heathrow scheme because BA was planning to increase its stake in the consortium from 10% to 34%. This has not happened and a Eurostar spokesman said: 'there is no date set for it to happen'.

A review of the financial viability of Eurostar regional services from Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow is due to be submitted by the end of the month and expected to be published by the end of the year.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs