Government aims to set out its plans for international travel early next month, including whether people can begin travelling abroad from May 17.
A framework published on April 9 by the Global Travel Taskforce, of which Eurostar is part, suggests a traffic light system will be introduced - categorising countries based on the risk of infection as well as restrictions required for travel.
Factors to be considered will include the percentage of the country’s population that has been vaccinated, infection rates, prevalence of variants, and the country’s access to reliable scientific date and genomic sequencing.
Asked by RAIL whether this offered hope for Eurostar, the company said it would not comment on Government policy.
There remains no update on the future of Eurostar, with negotiations continuing over the company’s long-term financial future. As reported in RAIL 928, it’s believed Eurostar financial situation will come to a head at the end of May and that it requires around £500 million to keep operating.
However, the cross-Channel operator is looking to increase the number of trains it runs from London-Paris (currently one) from May 17. Currently there is only a 1201 St Pancras-Paris Gare Du Nord, but that is planned to change to 0801 and 1631 departures to the French capital. These are available to book on the company’s website.
According to the realtimetrains website, there are also paths planned for Paris-bound trains leaving London at 0701, 1022, 1201, 1231, 1801 and 1901. These are ‘as required’ and cannot be booked via the Eurostar website.
Eurostar also currently operates an 1104 London-Amsterdam and that will remain after May 17. However, a path has also appeared for an 1804 departure, while there are now paths for 0901 and 1504 departures from London for Brussels Midi (currently, no trains are terminating there).