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Eurostar ends London to Disneyland Paris service

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Eurostar ends London to Disneyland Paris service
The Sleeping Beauty Castle, taken in 2017, in Disneyland Paris which is located in Marne-La-Vallee, east of the French capital Paris. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

After 26 years of providing direct services between London and Disneyland Paris, the high-speed rail operator Eurostar sent its final train from the UK capital to the theme park on Monday.

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Citing fallout from both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, the group had announced back in 2022 that it would scrap trains running from the British capital to the Disneyland site in Marne-la-Vallee, in the eastern Paris suburbs on June 5th, 2023.

The last train left London's St. Pancras station at 10:34am.

"We have taken the decision not to run the direct Disney service ... in summer 2023," the group said in its 2022 statement.

"Whilst we continue to recover financially from the pandemic and monitor developments in the proposed EU Entry Exit System, we need to focus on our core routes to ensure we can continue to provide the high level of service and experience that our customers rightly expect," Eurostar said.

The Eurostar page for the line between London and Disneyland Paris says that the service will not run "from June 7th 2023 until the end of the year". 

So far, the group has not given any indication that the service will run again in 2024.

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According to reporting by UK newspaper The Independent, Eurostar could also be cutting services from London to both Rotterdam and Amsterdam starting in June 2024 until May 2025, due to renovation work required at the stations. 

In September 2022, the French boss of Eurostar, Jacques Damas, laid out how the combination of the pandemic, Brexit and ongoing uncertainty over new EU travel rules have left the company in a very precarious position.

READ MORE: How Brexit and Covid have derailed Eurostar services between France and UK

He said that two things have significantly damaged the company - the pandemic (worsened by the fact that the company received no state aid from the UK government) and Brexit which has made travel between France and the UK considerably more complicated with more checks required at stations.

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Anonymous 2022/09/03 21:01
OK with me.

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