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Eurostar Cancels Services between UK and Brussels plus Lille on 6 October 2008

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Due to industrial action in Belgium, Eurostar will be unable to operate any services between the UK and Brussels on Monday 6 October 2008. A 24-hour general strike in Belgium will commence at 22h00 (CET) on Sunday 5 October 2008.

The industrial action will mean that Brussels Midi station and the rest of the Belgian rail network will be closed. This means there will be no rail services operating between Lille and Brussels Midi station. There will also be no high-speed onward rail connections on Thalys or ICE, from Brussels to destinations in France, the Netherlands and Germany.

Because of the constraints of the amended timetable due to the Channel Tunnel incident in September, Eurostar will also not be able to operate a service between the UK and Lille on Monday 6 October.

Eurostar is advising all passengers travelling between the UK and Brussels or Lille on 6 October that they should change their travel plans, and exchange their tickets for alternative dates or obtain refunds by contacting their original point of sale.

On Sunday 5 October, the 19h30 departure (train 9158) from London to Brussels will terminate at Lille.

On 6 October, only the 19h30 (train 9158) service from London will operate through to Brussels via Lille, on the assumption that the Belgian high-speed line will re-open at 22h00 (CET).

Eurostar expects to resume a full service immediately the industrial action has ended.

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