Channel Crossing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the smooth running of the Eurostar and freight trains travelling between the UK and the EU in the event that no withdrawal agreement is reached with the EU.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport

The Government is actively engaging with a range of European counterparts, including relevant Member States, to secure bilateral arrangements for cross-border rail services for both passengers and freight once the UK leaves the EU to secure the continuation of services.

These discussions have been constructive and productive and include consideration of arrangements needed both following the implementation period, as well as preparations for the unlikely event of no deal.

The Government is committed to supporting the continued success of the Channel Tunnel, including both passenger and rail freight services that run through it, and we want to see these grow in the future. Doing so is in the mutual interests of both the UK and other EU member states.

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