Eurostar trims winter capacity

2 Nov 2009 by Mark Caswell

Eurostar is cutting a number of underperforming trains between London St Pancras, Brussels Midi and Paris Nord with effect from December 13.

A spokeswoman for the high-speed train firm blamed the “tough economic situation” for the cutbacks which, in the case of Brussels, will see capacity cut by some 10 per cent. “It means we must cut costs and operate as efficiently as we can.”

Between Monday and Friday the number of trains running between London and the Belgian capital will fall from 10 to nine a day. Weekend services remain unchanged.

In the case of London-Paris the current maximum number of daily trains will be cut from 19 to 18 between Monday and Friday.  The Sunday service remains unchanged but there will be one less train on a Saturday.

In an email to Eurostar’s loyalty club members, the firm’s commercial director Nick Mercer writes, “As you will see [from the winter timetable] we have made some changes to our services, slightly decreasing the number of trains we run on some routes.”

“We recognise this may cause inconvenience for some travellers. However we have done all we can to maintain the most attractive timetable possible, only removing trains when demand is already low while upholding our usual good level of frequency at peak time.”

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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