Eurostar will not operate on Boxing Day due to the UK rail strike | Daily News Byte

Eurostar will not operate on Boxing Day due to the UK rail strike

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LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – International rail operator Eurostar said on Friday it would not operate services between Britain and France on Dec. 26 due to a national rail strike affecting the British rail network on Boxing Day.

The Christmas holidays in Britain are set to be disrupted by unprecedented strike action in several sectors, including a strike by railway workers between December 24 and 27 by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

“Eurostar has today been informed that UK high-speed lines will be closed to Eurostar trains on 26th December due to RMT strike action,” Eurostar said in a statement.

“While no Eurostar staff are on strike that day, services to and from (London) St Pancras will not be able to run if UK high-speed lines are closed.”

Security personnel based in Britain and contracted by Eurostar are also planning strikes. Planned action is due to take place on December 22 and 23, the RMT has said, although strikes on December 16 and 18 have been suspended.

Eurostar, which operates train passenger rail services linking London to Paris and other European capitals, previously said it did not expect any impact on services as a result of Mitie strike action before Christmas Day.

Reporting by Alastair Smout, editing by Louise Havens

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