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MORE CANCELLATIONS ON SKI TRAIN

Industrial action in France is disrupting skiers & snowboarders trying to get to and from the Alps this weekend.

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“Due to ongoing national strike action in France closing some railway lines in the Alps region we have had no option but to change the departure times of the direct Ski trains on Friday 27th December and Saturday 28th December,” said a statement from Eurostar.

Hundreds of British skiers and snowboarders will be inconvenienced.

“We are sorry for the impact this will have on your plans,” said Eurostar.

Many people will have to try to sort out accommodation due to arriving or leaving later than they planned.

“Please do not travel unless you have arranged accommodation,” said a statement from Eurostar.

Finding a bed at this time of year will be hard, if not impossible.

It is one of the busiest weekends of the season.

It follows disruption last weekend that we reported on at the time:

The only train unaffected by the strike is the direct day train from Bourg St Maurice to London St Pancras on Saturday 28th December.

Eurostar at London St Pancras

Eurostar at London St Pancras

Here are the details and advice from Eurostar:

Outbound trains:

Friday 27 December 2019 (Train 9096 (19.45) – London St Pancras to Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice)

• Original departure time: Friday 27 December 9096 (19.45 London St Pancras)
• New earlier departure time: Friday 27 December 9096 (13.01 London St Pancras)

• New approximate arrival time of 21.00 Moutier and 21.42 Bourg St Maurice

• Additional stop in Chambery at approximately 19.44

• Additional stop in Albertville at approximately 20.26

There will be an additional stop in Albertville and also Chambery (see times above) for those who may wish to stay there.

Saturday 28 December 2019 (Train 9092 (09.45) – London St Pancras to Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice)

• Original departure time: Saturday 28 December 9092 (09.45 London St Pancras)

• New earlier departure time: Saturday 28 December 9092 (08.04 London St Pancras)

• New arrival time of 16.54 Moutiers and 17.23 Bourg St Maurice

• Please arrive at the station two hours before the new outbound departure time shown above with your existing tickets.

Return trains:

Saturday 28 December 2019 (Train 9095 (09.34) – Bourg St Maurice/Moutiers to London St Pancras)

• Train still departing at original departure time: Saturday 28 December 9095 (09.34 Bourg St Maurice/09.59 Moutiers)

• You will be travelling on a different type of train. Please see Eurostar team on arrival at the station for your new seat numbers.

• Please arrive 90 minutes before departure.

Saturday 28 December 2019 (Train 9099 (22.12) – Bourg St Maurice/Moutiers to London St Pancras)

This train has been cancelled. We can offer the following alternatives for your return to the UK:

• We are able to accommodate you onto the direct day train, which will depart Saturday 28 December, at 09:34 Bourg St Maurice /09:59 Moutiers.

Please arrive at the station 90mins before the new departure time with your existing tickets.

The Eurostar team on site in resort will then arrange this for you.

• There is also an additional service running via Lille Europe on Sunday 29 December departing Bourg St Maurice at 09.42/Moutiers at 10.09.

This train will then connect with an existing Eurostar service to London.

To travel on this service please arrive at the station 60 minutes before departure with your existing tickets.

The Eurostar team on site in resort will then arrange this for you.

Please note that if you do decide to travel on this Sunday service you will need to make your own arrangements to stay in resort for the additional night.

• You are also entitled to a full refund of this journey if you wish to travel back to the UK by alternative means.

If these new times are not suitable you can either exchange your ticket for free for an alternative date in the future or request a full refund at /disruption.

Please be aware that there is very limited availability to exchange over the Christmas period.

Eurostar to the Alps - photo Voyages SNCF

Eurostar to the Alps – photo Voyages SNCF

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