BRITISH RAIL no longer offers the unaccompanied baggage service from London to the Continent recommended by Shayne Mitchell (Departures, 29 August). Following the Lockerbie disaster, and the passing of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act in 1990, on 1 March British Rail International had to withdraw the facility. International passengers must carry their bags from the station at Dover to and from connecting buses - and keep the bags with them on the ferries.

The new law also applies to cyclists. Previously, cyclists could check-in their cycles at Victoria and collect them on arrival in France or Belgium.