Industrial action in Belgium, Sunday 17 - Monday 18 October, Eurostar trains affected

18 Oct 2010
  • A revised timetable will be in operation on Eurostar's London-Brussels route
  • Limited coach service between Lille and Brussels

As a result of planned industrial action in Belgium, regrettably, Eurostar will be unable to operate any services between the UK and Brussels on Monday 18 October 2010. A 24-hour strike in Belgium will commence at 22h00 (CET) on Sunday 17 October and will end at 22h00 (CET) on Monday 18 October.
It is expected that the industrial action will cause significant disruption throughout Belgium and it is anticipated that Brussels Midi station and the rest of the Belgian rail network will be forced to close. As a consequence, no Eurostar trains will operate to Brussels during this period. Additionally, it is unlikely there will be any high-speed onward rail connections on Thalys or ICE, from Brussels to destinations in France, the Netherlands and Germany.
Eurostar therefore advises all passengers travelling between the UK and Brussels and to onward destinations in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands to review their travel plans and postpone their journeys where possible.
A revised Eurostar timetable will be in operation on Eurostar's London - Brussels route, with trains running between Lille Europe station and the UK only. A very limited coach service will operate between Lille and Brussels and demand is expected to be high. As a result, journey times will increase significantly (by approximately 2 hours).
We would therefore recommend that customers planning to travel between Belgium and the UK during this period postpone their journeys if possible.
Customers can exchange their Eurostar tickets free of charge within 60 days for a journey in the next 120 days. For more information, visit www.eurostar.com or contact
03448 224 777.
SUNDAY 17 OCTOBERTrain 9158, 19:34 departure London - Brussels has been retimed to leave at 17:27 in order to arrive prior to the closure of the Belgian rail network.
MONDAY 18 OCTOBERAll trains to / from Brussels are cancelled with the exception of train 9158, 19:34 departure London - Brussels, which will run as planned.
Eurostar services between St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International and Paris / Disneyland Resort Paris will operate normally with some services including an exceptional stop at Lille.
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