Belgian Railways Industrial Action to go ahead, 20 May 2008

19 May 2008

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Belgian Railways Industrial Action, 20 May
Due to industrial action in Belgium, Eurostar will be unable to operate any services between the UK and Brussels on Tuesday 20 May, with one exception. A 24-hour strike by Belgian railway workers will begin at 22h00 (CET) on Monday 19 May 2008.
Brussels Midi station and the rest of the Belgian rail network will be closed. This means there will be no rail services operating between Lille and Brussels Midi station. There will also be no high-speed onward rail connections on Thalys or ICE, from Brussels to destinations in France, the Netherlands and Germany. See Notes to Editors below for further details.
Eurostar is therefore advising all travellers to and from Belgium on 20 May that they should change their travel plans, and exchange their tickets for alternative dates or obtain refunds by contacting their original point of sale. For more information visit eurostar.com or contact the Ashford Contact Centre on 08705 186 186.
French General Workers' Industrial Action, 22 May 2008
Eurostar Travellers with onward connections across France please note:
From 20.00 (CET) on 21 May to 08.00 (CET) on 23 May 2008 there will be industrial action by general workers in France. Eurostar services are expected to operate as normal, however, there is likely to be severe disruption for Eurostar travellers with onward connections to other destinations across France. Also, Metro/Underground and bus services are also likely to be severely disrupted.
Travellers should check-in as normal, however, if they are making a connecting journey and wish to change their travel plans they can exchange their tickets for alternative dates or obtain refunds by contacting their original point of sale. For more information visit eurostar.com or contact the Ashford Contact Centre on 08705 186 186.
Eurostar will update travellers with further information when it becomes available.
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Notes to Editors:
Belgian Rail Industrial Action – further information
On 19 May, the 19:34 departure (train 9158) from St Pancras International to Brussels will terminate at Lille.
On 20 May, only the 19:34 (train 9158) service from London is expected to operate through to Brussels, on the assumption that the Belgian high-speed line re-opens at 22:00 (CET). The availability of tickets on this train is limited.
Eurostar services between St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International and Paris will operate normally and may make additional stops at Lille.
For travellers between the UK and Lille, some scheduled services will be cancelled while other alternative services will be provided and passengers are advised to check in as normal.
All Disneyland Resort Paris services will operate as normal.
For more information:Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7843 5500press.office@eurostar.co.uk