Posted 16th March 2021 | 1 Comment

No end in sight to Eurostar crisis

THE future of Eurostar is still uncertain, after the international operator was brought close to failure by Covid-related restrictions on international travel. The timetable has been cut to just one daily train each way between London, Brussels and Amsterdam, and one between London and Paris.

The UK no longer has a stake in Eurostar, but although ministers in London have acknowledged that the service is important, there has been no support from British taxpayers so far.

In answer to a Commons question, rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: ‘The Department has held initial but constructive discussions with the French government to explore possible options regarding Eurostar’s financial situation and we will continue to engage very closely with them and Eurostar over the coming months. However, these talks are at an early stage and there is no agreement in place.

We will also work closely with the wider international rail sector as we look to the restart and recovery of international travel, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.’

Mr Heaton-Harris added that more travel would be allowed ‘when the time is right, while still managing the risk from imported cases and variants’.

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  • Melvyn, Canvey Island , Essex

    Given the failure of vaccination programs in mainland Europe and latest problems with Oxford AstraZeneca vaccinations I reckon Eurostar could set up a collaboration with The Francis Crick Institute which is opposite St Pancras International and set up a vaccination facility on that large unused area at the end of Eurostar platforms.

    People could then travel on Eurostar to St Pancras International pay for their vaccination and reboard and return to Europe and of course they would need to make two return trips for both vaccinations!

    I’m sure some people and even companies would be prepared to pay