The strike that halted Eurotunnel and Eurostar operations
Eurotunnel has affirmed that the “last-minute strike” initiated by French employees on Thursday, which caused train disruptions throughout the day, has concluded. Service restoration will occur gradually thereafter. However, while LeShuttle drive-on service was scheduled to resume that evening, Eurostar announced that passenger services would resume on Friday.
All Eurostar services to and from London are presently cancelled. The disruption materialised in the coming days as individuals embark on their Christmas travels.
Announcing that it and trade unions had reached an accord, Eurotunnel issued an apology to LeShuttle, a company that transports vehicles through the Channel Tunnel, for the inconvenience caused.
Eurotunnel issued the following statement: “Eurotunnel expresses its approval of this agreement and extends its sincere apologies to all LeShuttle customers, Eurostar passengers, and rail freight operators whose operations have been disrupted due to this strike.”
It further stated that no new travel reservations would be available for purchase on Friday. It will instead concentrate on individuals who have already obtained reservations. On Friday, Eurostar will recommence regular service between London, Paris, and Brussels, the airline announced.
Until Christmas Day, it will operate two additional trains daily to accommodate passengers who were unable to depart on Thursday. It was also stated that affected consumers have been offered refunds.
Eurostar reported that thirty trains that were originally scheduled to depart from London, Paris, and Brussels on Thursday were cancelled. On a separate note, the London Euston station will be devoid of trains on Thursday due to compromised overhead power cables connecting Watford Junction and Milton Keynes.
Consequently, Euston station is unaccessible to incoming passengers at this time. Network Rail engineers are presently employing drones to assess the extent of damage to the cables.
Services via the Channel Tunnel were halted due to the unannounced resignations of a variety of Eurotunnel employees, including train operators and infrastructure managers and maintainers.
Customers who are impacted will be contacted directly regarding their journey and have the option to exchange their tickets at no cost or request a refund, according to an earlier statement by Eurostar, the operator of high-speed passenger trains along the route. As previously stated, Eurotunnel was placing passengers on ferries during the suspension of services, per an agreement with ferry companies.
The protest was initiated by labour unions at 11:00 GMT and concluded in the evening. As per the regulations of the French Union, the strike could continue indefinitely. An employee discretionary incentive of €1,000 (£867) was extended; however, the unions have requested a threefold increase in value. At this moment, the agreement that the union accepted is unknown.
Transport networks are preparing for one of the most congested times of the year, as a large number of individuals travel to see loved ones. Strong winds caused by Storm Pia have already caused travel disruptions in certain regions of the United Kingdom.
Thursday’s flight schedule for British Airways was altered due to air traffic control restrictions implemented in response to the hurricane, the airline reports.
Prior to 15:00, rail operator TransPennine Express advised passengers on its services to and from Edinburgh to refrain from travelling.