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Eurostar looking at all-year round service to south of France

Eurostar-south-franceREGULAR high speed rail services to the south of France from the UK could be up and running by 2015, Eurostar has said.

Chief executive, Nicolas Petrovic, reported on the success of its trial service to Provence that ran from 4 May to 29 June, saying more than 90% of capacity was sold, with the May half-term period being completely sold out.

“We have seen a surge in booking from outside Europe and our new service to Provence has proved a great success with many services running at full capacity,” said chief executive Nicolas Petrovic.

With the success of the route behind them, Eurostar says it will look to introduce an all-year round service to the south of France from 2015.

Credit: This French Life

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Rail workers strike started today in France

While air traffic controllers ended their strike today morning in France, rail workers started their own. Employees of the French railway network (SNCF) announced a walkout that will last from Wednesday, June 12, 19:00 CET to Friday, June 14, 08:00 CET. Rail traffic will be partially disrupted on the network during the strike, with only 40% of the internal lines circulating on Thursday. It’s expected that half of trains to Switzerland and one-third of the trains to Italy will operate as normal. The Eurostar linking Paris and London, the Thalys to Amsterdam and Brussels and Alléo trains to Germany will provide a normal service.

The rail workers are protesting against proposed reform of the railway system: the government is planning to divide the endebted SNCF into three divisions, which rail employees say would lead to the collapse of the railway system.
150, 000 people are employed by SNCF in France, a country in which 15,000 trains circulate every day.

Source:  Euro News

Eurostar to Southern France: An Update

Following my previous post about Eurostar’s new service:

London to Aix-en-Provence trains will begin running every Saturday in May and June, stopping in Lyon and Avignon.

Prices are €99 in standard class Lyon-London and €199 in premier, rising to €109 standard and €249 premier for Aix-London.

The first train leaves St Pancras on May 4 at 7h17 and arrives 4h43 later in Lyon Part-Dieu, 5h52 later in Avignon and 6h17 later in Aix at 14h34.

However, travellers heading from France to London will face longer journey times due to customs checks needing to be made at Lille. On the London outbound services these checks are done before boarding at St-Pancras.

Trains leave Aix at 15h57, Avignon at 16h21 and Lyon at 17h38 to arrive in London at 22h39. The Aix-London journey takes seven hours 42 minutes.

ALL ABOARD!!

(Source:  Connexion)

Eurostar launches new services to southern France

Eurostar is launching a new direct service from London and Avignon to three popular holiday dEurostar-250x167estinations in the South of France – Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence.

The new weekly spring service, which complements Eurostar’s existing Avignon services, is perfect for travellers looking to secure an early summer getaway.

The service will be offered for a trial period during May and June 2013 and tickets will go on sale on the December 11th 2012 alongside tickets for Eurostar’s existing weekly summer services to Avignon.

Passengers who choose the new Lyon – Provence service for travel from May 4th to the June 29th 2013 will enjoy a direct journey from London St Pancras International or Ashford International to Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, travelling non-stop through the magnificent French countryside.

On the return leg, they will disembark in Lille Europe to complete the necessary security and passport checks required for transit through the Channel Tunnel before re-boarding a dedicated Eurostar service to the UK.

Nick Mercer, commercial director for Eurostar commented: “Our direct Avignon summer services grow in popularity year on year and our customers tell us they’d like to see it extended to offer even more choice of holiday destinations.

“We are committed to listening to their feedback, which is why we’re testing this new service to Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, three of the most popular destinations in the South of France.

“By trialling this new service for future years, and by opening sales to our existing annual summer Avignon services earlier than usual, we are giving customers even more flexibility and choice when planning their trips to the south of France next year.

“Journeys with Eurostar avoid the summer scramble at the airports and we encourage passengers to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Source:  Breaking Travel News