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Eurostar strikes to have 'limited' impact on group travel

UK travel management companies say alternative arrangements will be made if and when necessary
11/08/2016

Pictured: Eurostar rail workers will strike on two occasions this month, from 12-15 August and 27-29 August

Planned Eurostar strikes will have a "limited" impact on group travel given the timings and other options available, say UK corporate travel companies.


Groups planned to travel on the service during the strike times, 12-15 August and the Bank Holiday long weekend of 27-29 August, will be either re-routed or put up in overnight accommodation if needed.


NYS Corporate operations manager Sharon Smith said: "Given that the strikes are planned to take place over weekend periods in the peak of summer, only a very limited number of our clients’ end users are due to travel. 


"Furthermore, as the strike will not affect all services, so it should be a simple process for our experienced consultants to transfer affected travellers onto an operating service. NYS Corporate will work closely with Eurostar to minimise the impact on travellers, and can arrange alternative travel options of course (such as flights or ferries) should these be necessary."


Eurostar has said that all passengers with reservations would be able to travel, after it made small changes to its timetable. The strike is linked to a dispute over work-life balance for Eurostar employees.


Paul Stoddart, MD of meetings and events at Capita Travel and Events said agencies could be creative in turning the situation into a positive experience for any stranded clients.


"The solution is to work with specialists that can mitigate the negative impact where possible," he said.


"A good agency will always help companies and their travellers make the best of a situation. That could be quickly and easily sourcing alternative travel options or overnight accommodation. It could also mean being creative in the use of additional time spent in-location. Proactive agencies can organise new opportunities to network, facilities to work productively, or arrangements for travellers to make best use of leisure facilities at meetings venues ahead of an onward journey."


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