Industrial Action forces the cancellation of all Eurostar services between the UK and Brussels on Monday 6 October 2008
2 Oct 2008
--Also no Eurostar services between the UK and Lille
Due to industrial action in Belgium, Eurostar will be unable to operate any services between the UK and Brussels on Monday 6 October 2008. A 24-hour general strike in Belgium will commence at 22h00 (CET) on Sunday 5 October 2008.
The industrial action will mean that 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.
Because of the constraints of the amended timetable due to the Channel Tunnel incident in September, Eurostar will also not be able to operate a service between the UK and Lille on Monday 6 October.
Eurostar is therefore advising all passengers travelling between the UK and Brussels or Lille on 6 October 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 www.eurostar.com or contact the Ashford Contact Centre on 08705 186 186.
On Sunday 5 October, the 19h30 departure (train 9158) from London to Brussels will terminate at Lille.On 6 October, only the 19h30 (train 9158) service from London will operate through to Brussels via Lille, on the assumption that the Belgian high-speed line would re-open at 22h00 (CET). The availability of tickets on this train is limited.
Eurostar services between St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International and Paris will operate as stated in the new amended timetable issued 1 October 2008.
Eurostar expects to resume a full service immediately the industrial action has ended.
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Notes to Editors:
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar offers through fares to the Continent with First Great Western, National Express East Anglia, First Capital Connect, Virgin Trains, National Express East Coast, East Midlands Trains, London Midland, Chiltern Railways and Hull Trains.
3. Ebbsfleet International in north Kent is close to junction 2 of the M25 and Bluewater shopping centre, serving 10 million people across southern and eastern England. It offers frequent services to Brussels and Paris, with ample parking and taxi and Avis car hire facilities. Eurostar travellers can also connect with the station for free on Southeastern train services and Fastrack buses.
4. Ashford International in Kent provides three services a day to Paris, a daily service to Disneyland Resort Paris and seasonal weekly services to the French Alps and Avignon. The station provides ample parking and Eurostar travellers can connect for free on Southeastern train services.
5. Eurostar is the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris generates one-tenth of the carbon dioxide produced by an equivalent flight. Under its Tread Lightly initiative, Eurostar has set a target of further reducing its CO2 emissions by 25% per traveller journey by 2012.
6. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are working together in the UK on Eurostar's Tread Lightly initiative and The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth's climate campaign. To find out more about Friends of the Earth or The Big Ask please click here www.friendsoftheearth.co.uk.
7. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
8. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.
9. To book through fares via Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com or call 08705 186 186.
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