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Eurostar plan to maintain services in event of no deal Brexit, despite new government transport report

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

Eurostar officials have denied reports high-speed trains could stop running in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit.

In a series of new documents released by the government, it said new agreements would have to be negotiated with individual countries on rail transport to keep services running to and from the continent.

The technical notice document on rail transport if there’s no Brexit deal said: "Arrangements for cross-border services would be subject to any bilateral arrangements that the UK negotiates with individual EU countries."

Eurostar e320 train (4768615)
Eurostar e320 train (4768615)

But Eurostar spokesman Rob Haycocks said the company's trains, which stop at Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, should follow existing services come March: "We are having constructive conversations with the governments on Brexit and will continue to do so.

"At this point in time, we plan and expect to maintain services on the existing basis and timetable following Brexit."

It is understood work to prepare for such a scenario is already underway.

Speaking during an interview on Sky News, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said: "We are confident that we will have continuity on Eurostar.

"Even in the worst-case scenario of a no deal situation.

"We are working not just with the domestic preparations that we need to do, but with the Belgians, the Dutch and the French, to make sure not just passengers going, as you say, on holiday but also goods can continue to flow."

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