Travel chaos as French strikes force Eurostar to cancel services

BRITS traveling to France have been warned of travel chaos due to strike action.

Eurostar has been forced to cancel a number of services today and tomorrow as SNCF train service workers disembark amid nationwide strikes in France.

A number of Eurostar services have been canceled due to strikes across France

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A number of Eurostar services have been canceled due to strikes across FrancePhoto credit: Getty

Four Eurostar services have already been canceled today, according to Reuters.

The London to Paris services at 1:31 p.m. and 7:01 p.m. and the Paris to London services at 11:13 a.m. and 4:13 p.m. have been cancelled.

The same routes will also be canceled tomorrow.

Due to the ongoing strikes, further disruptions are expected throughout the day.

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The train service said in a statement on its website: “If your train is running as scheduled, please be aware that public transport and connecting journeys in France may be disrupted.

“If you are traveling to/from Lille or Paris, we recommend planning ahead and allowing more time for your trip.”

Affected passengers can exchange their tickets for free or receive a credit or full refund.

Eurostar has been forced to scale back its services in recent months.

Brits will no longer be able to get a direct train from London St Pancras to Disneyland Paris next year.

Families traveling to the theme park must travel by high-speed train via Paris or Lille instead of arriving directly at the park.

The changes will take effect on June 5, 2023.

And Eurostar has yet to resume services via Ashford and Ebbsfleet and is unlikely to do so until at least 2025.

The railway company has blamed its financial recovery from the Covid pandemic as the reason for the cut in services.

It also said it would continue to monitor developments in post-Brexit travel restrictions.

Eurostar boss Jacque Damas also said new Brexit controls have reduced capacity at London St Pancras by a third.

He added that by having fewer trains, they would have avoided the travel chaos at airports and at the Dover border.

He explained: “It’s just the fact that Eurostar has limited capacity trains and has significantly reduced its timetable from 2019 levels that we don’t see daily queues in central London similar to those in the English Channel ports.”

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Last week Brits traveling to France by car were urged to fill up before crossing the Channel because of strikes.

An estimated 25 percent of gas stations are running out of fuel due to industrial action by workers at French oil refineries.

Eurostar has already reduced connections between the UK and France

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Eurostar has already reduced connections between the UK and FrancePhoto credit: Getty

https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/20144534/france-strike-eurostar-cancelled/ Travel chaos as French strikes force Eurostar to cancel services

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