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Eurostar announces reduced seasonal timetable

Eurostar will operate a reduced service over the new year due to engineering works taking place in the Channel Tunnel.


On December 31, the last London trains bound for Paris and Brussels will depart at 17.00 and 16.40 respectively while those coming to the capital will depart from Brussels at 18.13 and Paris at 18.29.


Christmas Day will be the only day when services are completely suspended while Boxing Day will see the implementation of a Sunday timetable.


The last services on Christmas Eve will leave London at 17.35 for Paris and 16.40 for Brussels while passengers returning from the Continent will need to catch the 18.13 from Paris or the 17.59 from Brussels.


Director of communications Simon Montague said: “Despite the downturn we are seeing very high levels of demand. Christmas is when people relax and they want the comfort and convenience of high-speed rail.”


Eurostar is still running on an amended timetable following a fire on a train which damaged one of its two tunnels. The cross-Channel train company is running at 93% capacity and return to full services is expected in the spring.

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