Eurostar services between the UK and Brussels remain disrupted due to the commuter train accident

22 Feb 2010

-- Three return services will operate daily between the UK and Brussels from Monday 22 February to Thursday 25 February inclusive-- A frequent coach shuttle service will continue to operate between Lille and Brussels-- Paris, Disneyland Paris and direct ski services are operating normally
Eurostar services between the UK and Brussels remain disrupted due to the continued presence of the investigation team on the site of the serious commuter train accident which occurred on Monday 15 February outside Brussels.
However, from Monday 22 February, Eurostar will be able to operate three return services between the UK and Brussels over a diversionary route which will add up to 50 minutes to the normal journey time. It is expected that from Friday 26 February the number of direct services will be slightly increased although full services are not expected to resume until Tuesday 2 March at the earliest.
The new route is on suburban commuter lines and access is severely restricted therefore, Eurostar is only able to operate three return trains rather than the usual nine services in each direction. These services will be reinforced by the frequent shuttle coach service between Lille and Brussels which has been operating successfully since the accident.
All Eurostar passengers booked between the UK and Brussels can be assured that the best alternative travel arrangements are in place. However, those passengers who do not wish to travel will be able to exchange their tickets for travel at a later date or obtain a refund.
The number of services between the UK and Lille will also be increased on Monday 22 February although there will be some minor delays to some services.
All of Eurostar's other services to Paris, Disneyland Resort Paris and direct ski services are operating normally.
Passengers for Lille or Brussels are advised to check-in as normal and they will be accommodated on to most appropriate service. Full information is available on www.eurostar.com or call 03448 224 777.
Passengers travelling between the UK and Brussels from Friday 26 February to Tuesday 2 March are advised that there will still be some disruption but the number of services will increase and further information will be available next week.
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