Eurostar services set to be cut as profits plunge after Paris and Brussels terror attacks

17:09 18 October 2016




The cross-Channel rail operator stops at Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International

Recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels have forced Eurostar to cut a number of its services.

The cross-Channel rail operator, which stops at Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International, is reviewing its operations after some passengers have been reluctant to travel to cities hit by terrorism.

In March, Eurostar said its underlying operating profit plunged by 38 per cent over 12 months, due in part to attacks in the French capital last November.

The firm has not announced which services will be removed from its timetable.

A Eurostar spokesman said: “The timetable in December will have a reduction in some services. We haven’t said which trains they are.

“The main reason [for reducing services] is we have introduced new trains with bigger capacity.”

Eurostar introduced its new e320 trains earlier this year, which have around 20 per cent more seats than older trains and are used for most of the services between London and Paris.

Union leaders warned last week that the company’s review could lead to 80 job losses.

Transport Salaried Staffs Association general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “The Eurostar business has taken a colossal and unexpected hit because of the fall-off in travel to Paris and Brussels in the wake of the terror attacks earlier this year.

“Our first priority as a union is to protect our members’ interests, their jobs, their pension and their redundancy rights during this difficult period.”

Eurostar said any job cuts will be achieved through voluntary redundancy or sabbaticals as much as possible.

The company issued a statement which read: “This is a challenging environment for all travel companies and we need to manage our costs very carefully.

“That’s why we are looking at the size and shape of our business.”

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