Eurostar badly effected by French customs strike
The high-speed railway service Eurostar has cancelled four trains today and stopped selling tickets until Tuesday, March 19, as a precautionary measure.
The step was taken as a result of the strikes by French customs officers at Paris Gare du Nord. Their aim is to show the chaos that could happen at customs checks after Brexit if their demands are not met.
As a result of the strikes, the regular pre-departure security checks are taking longer than usual and causing severe delays on departures from Paris.
Eurostar is an international operator, which means all passengers are subject to customs checks before departure. Trains to and from Brussels are not being cancelled although may be subject to slight delays, according to Eurostar.
The company said it was now up to the French government to respond to the customs officers’ union.
Eurostar connects London with other Amsterdam, Avignon, Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Rotterdam and Paris.