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MAJOR TRAVEL DISRUPTION FOR SKIERS HEADING TO & FROM FRANCE

Flights, ferries, and Eurostar trains are being disrupted by another general strike in France this weekend. UPDATED

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The action is beginning today and is part of a long-running battle with the French government over pension reform.

EasyJet says it expects delays and cancellations.

Eurostar has said ski trains will once again be disrupted this weekend.

See here for our story on earlier disruptions.

Eurostar ski train

“These unavoidable changes ensure that these trains can still run by avoiding the line closures put in place by SNCF,” said the rail operator.

Changes means some skiers will need to arrange accommodation in Bourg St Maurice or the surroundiing area.

“Please be advised that there may be limited accommodation available in Bourg St Maurice, Moutiers or Aime la Plagne,” Eurostar warned passengers.

It said if the revised timetables are not suitable for passengers they can exchange their ticket for free for an alternative date in the future or request a full refund.

Eurostar ski train

See below for the full details from Eurostar and how the ski trains are affected:

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 nightSki trains on Friday 10 January and Saturday 11 January.

The day train timings are unaffected i.e. the direct day trains(9092) from London St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice and (9095) from Bourg St Maurice to London St Pancras on Saturday 11 January.

The 9095 will be a different type of train and passengers should check for new seating details on eurostar.com or the mobile app.

These unavoidable changes ensure that these trains can still run by avoiding the line closures put in place by SNCF.

The trains will now depart as follows:

Outbound trains

Friday 10 January 2020 (Train 9096 (19.45) -London St Pancras to Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice)

Original departure time: Friday 10 January 9096 (19.45 London St Pancras)

New earlier departure time: Friday 10 January 9097 (12.46 London St Pancras 13.24 Ashford International)

New approximate arrival time of 20.39 Moutier and 21.13 Bourg St Maurice

Additional stop in Chamberyat approximately 19.22

Additional stop in Albertville at approximately 20.09

As the new arrival time is approximately 21.50 in Bourg St Maurice you will need to have arranged accommodation for the additional night and onward travel.

Please be advised that there may be limited accommodation available in Bourg St Maurice, Moutiers or Aime la Plagne.

There will be an additional stop in Albertville and also Chambery for those who may wish to stay there. Please do not travel unless you have confirmed accommodation for the additional night.
Saturday 11 January 2020 (Train 9092 (09.45) -London St Pancras to Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice)

No change to departure time:Train still departing at original departure time: Saturday 11 January 9092 (09.45 London St Pancras 10.28 Ashford International)

Return trains

Saturday 11 January 2020 (Train 9095 (09.32) – Bourg St Maurice/Moutiers to London St Pancras)

No change to departure time: Train still departing at original departure time: Saturday 11 January 9095 (09.32 Bourg St Maurice 09.57 Moutiers)

You will be travelling on a different type of train.

You have been re-accommodated within the system and will see new seating details on Manage Your Booking and the mobile app.

Staff will be on hand at the resorts to help you find your new seats.
As this train will be busy, please arrive 3 hours before to support a comfortable boarding experience and timely departure.
Saturday 11 January 2020 (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:

There is an additional service,which will run direct from the Alps to London, on Sunday 12 January.

This train will depart Bourg St Maurice at 09.44Moutiers at 10.14 and arrive into Ashford International at 16.03 London St Pancras at 16.42.

To travel on this service please arrive at the station 2 hours 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.

We are able to accommodate some passengers on to the direct day train, which will depart Saturday 11 January, at 09:32 Bourg St Maurice 09:57Moutiers. You can exchange on to this train, whilst availability allows here.

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

There is some availability on TGV services for both the Saturday and Sunday, should you choose to take an alternative route via SNCF here.

As this is a last-minute change please disregard the original times shown on printed tickets.

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 here.

We are sorry for the impact this will have on your plans.

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