The Mayor of London and UK rail operators have told ministers that service delays or cuts due to inadequate preparation could harm UK businesses and tourism.
New biometric border controls being introduced for UK citizens due to Brexit could create “huge queues” of travellers, reports Noah Vickers, Local Democracy Reporter.
Issues around new Eurostar post-Brexit passport checks must be resolved "as a matter of urgency" ahead of potential "chaos", London's mayor says. / There are plans to bring in biometric border controls at St Pancras International in London in October.
The mayor warned that new biometric border controls threaten to create ‘huge queues’ at St Pancras station.
Sadiq Khan calls on ministers to prevent post-Brexit border checks set to cause Eurostar travel chaos 10/02/2024
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on ministers to prevent post-Brexit border checks causing Eurostar disruption.
The Entry/Exit System is set to start in October but many operational details remain unclear, as fears grow of major delays at Dover and Eurotunnel.
Since the UK left the EU on January 1, 2024, the country has departed from the bloc and its member states in a number of different ways when it comes to air, rail and sea travel.
Eurostar may cap services due to post-Brexit biometric passport checks, says station owner 04/02/2024
Facilities at St Pancras too ‘inadequate’ to process new checks without ‘hour-long queues’ at peak times, says operator HS1.
New post-Brexit border controls could result in Eurostar being forced to limit passenger numbers travelling from London St Pancras every day, it has been reported.
Brexit: despatches from the downside – No 9 17/11/2023
Your weekly update from the Brexit ‘downside bunker’, chronicling the downsides, and occasional upsides, of Brexit.
Waiting times could even triple with the UK’s ‘third-country nationals’ no longer in the EU.
The international high-speed rail service connecting the United Kingdom with France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, Eurostar, has said that it is considering putting an end to its ski train services to the Alps.
Eurostar could be forced to stop running London-Amsterdam trains for almost a year in 2024 06/06/2023
The incredible shrinking network: Brexit plus refurbishment could see the number of stations served by the cross-Channel train operator cut from 13 to four.
Belmond’s Venice Simplon-Orient-Express UK services will be cut next year, while Eurostar’s London–Disneyland Paris route will end in June.
Brexit played role in Dover chaos, No 10 admits after Braverman blames bad weather and Easter 03/04/2023
‘Obviously we recognise there are new processes in place,’ says Downing Street. / No 10 has admitted that “new processes” brought in after Brexit has contributed to several days of travel chaos at the Port of Dover.
Capacity issues caused by post-Brexit border controls and a shortage of border police are forcing Eurostar to leave thousands of seats unsold every day on its high-speed trains from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
The high-speed train service under the English Channel is leaving many seats unfilled, rather than risk delays caused by more rigorous passport checks for Britons.
The TSSA union says it is seeking a meeting with Eurostar to discuss rail safety measures amid escalating Brexit tensions which have seen railways become a target for protestors. / Manuel Cortes said: 'Whether a prank or not, we are very concerned at reports that pro-Brexit supporters have accessed our rail infrastructure with the aim of causing delays and chaos.'
Eurostar has warned that Brexit formalities are threatening its business, although it is holding out hopes that a new digital immigration system will simplify the procedure in due course.
Eurostar has been forced to run trains with a large number of empty seats between London and its destinations in Europe, in order to prevent backups at border checkpoints at its stations.
Cross-Channel train operator Eurostar complained Tuesday that slower post-Brexit passport checks for travellers are forcing it to run some services almost one-third empty.
Hundreds of seats left empty on London-Paris Eurostar trains due to Brexit passport checks 24/01/2023
ondon trains leave Amsterdam at least 78% empty because of constraints on UK border checks. / Thousands of seats are deliberately going unsold on Eurostar trains every day as the cross-Channel train operator struggles with post-Brexit passport controls.
Brexit not okay for Kent 25/10/2022
Note that the slogans on these placards all represent news that has reached us about the effects of Brexit on Kent specifically. Some of these have featured in articles in Kent Bylines, as linked in the explanations below.
EU fingerprint checks and travel chaos expected next summer as SNP blame Brexit 2 hrs ago 13/10/2022
FINGERPRINT checks set to be introduced on the EU border could cause significant disruption to holidaymakers, industry experts have warned.
Border checks for British travellers introduced after Brexit have caused Eurostar’s peak capacity to drop by 30 per cent.