The head of France’s SNCF rail company, the largest shareholder in Eurostar, has said the cross-Channel service is working to ensure operations are not affected by Brexit.
Guillaume Pepy told French media the company will be prepared to ensure passengers can travel on Eurostar no matter which form Brexit takes.
According to the BBC, Pepy said details are still being worked out, but the service’s “fundamentals” would not be affected.
The Financial Times reported last week that the UK government was fearful of long queues at London St Pancras International train station in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The outlet reportedly saw a confidential assessment that said the government was worried there could be a 40-60 per cent reduction in Eurostar services if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.
Pepy told French reporters: “We are well aware that the devil will be in the details – so we are working on the details. And then, in concrete terms, we shall have to see how things are organised at Gare du Nord and St Pancras regarding identity and customs checks.”
He added that delays at either station would force Eurostar to consider whether to hold trains back or accommodate passengers on later trains if they are caught at checkpoints.