After chaos on the railways in summer 2022, the UK is bracing for even more train strikes this October.
Numerous walk outs by members of unions RMT, Aslef and TSSA are set to happen in the coming days – over pay, job security, and working condition disputes which have yet to be resolved.
But as thousands of Britons are preparing to travel abroad for autumn getaways, could plans be disrupted by the strikes?
If you’re travelling by Eurostar, read on to find out if your travel plans will be affected.
Will Eurostar trains be affected by UK rail strikes?
Yes, strikes will impact Eurostar on Saturday, October 1, meaning there will be a reduced timetable on this day.
On their website, Eurostar explained: ‘There will be a national strike across the UK railway network on that day.
‘Although the strike doesn’t involve Eurostar staff, it will have an impact on our timetable as running hours have been reduced on UK rail lines, including the high-speed line we use.’
Wondering if your planned journey is affected? Check the revised timetable for further information.
Wednesday, October 5 is a train strike day in the UK, but Eurostar has said it will operate its normal schedule – though passengers should be aware of possible disruption to other journeys to/from London.
Eurostar is expecting its trains to run as normal on Saturday, October 8, but any changes will appear on its service updates page.
What happens if my Eurostar train is cancelled?
If your original train is cancelled, you can:
- Exchange your booking for free to travel at a different time/date in the same travel class, subject to availability
- Cancel your booking and claim a Eurostar e-voucher valid for 12 months
- Cancel your booking and claim a refund from the person or company who you booked with.
Find out more about exchanges and refunds on Eurostar’s official website.
Some trains won’t be cancelled, but may be scheduled to depart at a different time. Passengers are advised to download their ticket again for up-to-date information and arrive at the station at the recommended time shown on your updated ticket.
Be aware of possible public transport disruption while travelling to St Pancras in London, too, to get the Eurostar.
It’s wise to expect or plan for a lengthier journey to the station, so you don’t get stuck on your way to the Eurostar terminal.
Finally, you can also keep track of Eurostar services updates on their website.
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