Train strikes: are Eurostar trains affected?

Eurostar train

UK is in the midst of more rail strikes, but is the Eurostar affected? (Images: Getty Images)

After the rail chaos of early 2022, the UK is in the midst of more Train is on strike this December.

Up to 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union went on strike in July, with further strikes taking place in the summer and the first weekend in October.

The industrial action involves disputes over wages, jobs and working conditions, which have yet to be resolved in negotiations between unions and railway companies.

After the end of the first of their December strikes yesterday, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch congratulated the striking workers’ determination before saying further: “The cost of living crisis is accelerating out of control and the union movement is strengthening platter in several sectors to protect workers .’

While people assume the strikes will only affect UK trains, other travel plans could be disrupted – including travel on the Eurostar.

So do the strikes affect the Eurostar? Here’s everything you need to know…

Are Eurostar trains affected by UK rail strikes?

Eurostar employees are not on strike during the current industrial action. However, there will be a knock-on effect on their services.

The Eurostar website says this is because operating hours have been reduced on UK rail routes, including the high-speed line used by Eurostar trains.

A Eurostar train

You’ll want to check the Eurostar timetable (Picture: Getty)

The first round of national rail strikes took place earlier this week (December 13-14), with a brief pause today before resuming tomorrow and Saturday (December 16-17).

Eurostar is running a reduced schedule during the strikes (as it is today) – you can check to find out if your train is affected revised timetable on their website.

Eurostar security personnel (RMT members employed by a third party company called Mitie) were due to strike tomorrow and Sunday. However, the strikes were called off to give them a chance to vote on a collective agreement.

Currently they have organized industrial action for December 22nd and 23rd which is ongoing with a likely disruption to the Eurostar.

What happens if my Eurostar train is cancelled?

If your original train is canceled or delayed by more than 60 minutes, you can:

  • Exchange your booking free of charge to travel at another time/date in the same travel class, subject to availability.
  • Cancel your booking and request a Eurostar e-voucher valid for 12 months.
  • Cancel your booking and request a refund from the person or company you booked with.

Eurostar Terminal in London St Pancras

Is your Eurostar journey affected? (Image: Maciek Musialek/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Learn more about exchanges and refunds at Eurostar’s official website.

Some trains are not canceled but may depart at a different time.

Passengers are advised to re-download their ticket for updated information and to be at the station at the recommended time shown on your updated ticket.

Also, be aware of possible public transport disruptions if you’re traveling to St Pancras in London to catch the Eurostar – as several lines are experiencing disruptions.

It is advisable to anticipate or plan for a longer journey to the train station so that you don’t get stuck en route to the Eurostar terminal.

Finally, you can also follow Eurostar services updates on their website.

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