the Eurostar company plans new destinations in France within five years

The British are the first tourists in terms of volume to come to France each year. To reinforce the attractiveness of France, Jacques Gounon, the president of Getlink, which operates the Channel Tunnel, explained in the program France moves that the Eurostar company, a subsidiary of the SNCF, wants to develop new destinations. “We work for a London-Bordeaux”, he underlines first, before mentioning a destination on the edge of the Mediterranean.

A five-year deadline, hopes the president of Getlink

“There is a futures market, the more we talk about decarbonization and stopping private jets, which is London-Côte d’Azur because it remains a center of attraction for the British”, says the president of Getlink on Europe 1. These new destinations will be added to those that already exist in Europe, such as the London-Brussels and London-Amsterdam routes.

The timing, however, remains an unknown. “In the field of railways and Franco-British diplomatic relations, the slightest progress is a bit of technique, a lot of convictions, and months, months…”, evokes Jacques Gounon, hoping “a deadline of five years” for the opening of these lines.

Stopping connections to Disneyland Paris for the summer of 2023

At the end of August, the Eurostar company had however announced stop its London-Disneyland Paris services for the summer of 2023 due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit. The company said it had “taken the decision to no longer provide the direct link between London and Marne-la-Vallée in the summer of 2023”, but no decision has been made for the following year. “We will review our options for 2024 over the next year,” the rail company said.

Eurostar “continues to recover financially from the pandemic”, but is also preparing for a new computer system which must govern entry and exit from the Schengen area from next year, the company explained in a statement.

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