Eurostar confirms extended absence from Kent stations

Eurostar services will not call at either Ebbsfleet or Ashford International station during 2023, the cross-channel operator has confirmed.

Both HS1 stations were shut at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, with the company announcing last year that they would not reopen until 2023 at the earliest.

A Eurostar spokesman blamed “an uncertain and fragile environment” for the continued closure, citing COVID-19 and Brexit as heavily influencing the latest decision.

A statement added: “We cannot make a commitment for another two to three years. Our recovery is progressing well, but we have considerable financial commitments following the pandemic which we will continue to face for a number of years.

“Our border environment has also toughened post-Brexit, and further complexity is expected with the launch of the EU’s Entry Exit System.”

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  • Ken williams - 25/08/2022 22:49

    That's the French all over

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  • Güntürk Üstün - 02/09/2022 23:53

    There is no objection to the devastating impact of the globally unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis, but shouldn't the experienced Eurostar administration have taken into account the potential negative effects of Brexit long ago? Dr. Güntürk Üstün

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