Eurostar Prepare for Brexit with Increasing Concerns Over Border Controls
by Traveleads | March 15, 2019 | Latest News On The Ground
With just a few weeks to go until the United Kingdom exits the European Union, attention is focusing on railway companies preparing for Brexit, most notably Eurostar.
With the clock ticking, the 29th of March grows ever closer, but the fear of a no deal Brexit continues to haunt rail transport managers – because in the event that an agreement can’t be reached, significant consequences may result.
British railway companies will need to apply for a license to operate on European tracks, without which their operations will be suspended. Eurostar plans to use the license of French firm SNCF – its main shareholder.
The real concern is how effective border checks can be carried out as the European Tourism Association (ETA) claims that in the event of a no deal Brexit new border checks will result in a screening process it estimates will take an additional 90 seconds per passenger, which doesn’t at first seem significant, however on a full Eurostar service carrying 900 people it is estimated that check-in and proper security checks would take a completely unrealistic 22hours to carry out..
Checks would need to be in place when boarding in Paris – Gare du Nord, and London – Saint Pancras.
Whatever the Brexit outcome it is almost certain that British and French officials will be eager to work together to conclude an amicable agreement in view of Eurostar’s financial results. The company posted record results in 2018, its annual turnover rising to 1.4 billion euros, and 11 million passengers carried.
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