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Eurostar services to Brussels suspended until 22nd Feb

Eurostar has announced that, following the fatal train crash in Belgium on 15th February, they will continue to suspend all services between the UK and Brussels until Sunday 21 February inclusive. Services between London and Paris/Disneyland Resort Paris are operating normally. There is a reduced timetable between Eurostar’s UK stations and Lille.

Eurostar is advising that passengers between the UK and Brussels are strongly to postpone or cancel their journeys and Eurostar passengers can exchange or refund their tickets. For those passengers whose travel is essential over the coming days the company is operating a regular shuttle coach service between Lille and Brussels to ensure customers reach their destination. Passengers travelling to the UK are being checked in at Brussels Midi station for their onward journey by coach to Lille and then by Eurostar to Ashford, Ebbsfleet and London St Pancras International.

Passengers travelling to Brussels are advised to check in normally at their Eurostar departure station. More information, including further details on alternative transport options, is available on www.eurostar.com or by telephoning 08432 186186/08432 186186.

For those caught up in this unexpected travel delay, you can limit the financial loss by taking out adequate travel insurance which will provide financial cover and compensation if caught up in such events. To start with, all travel insurance policies should have a travel delay section, generally to pay a fixed amount for each 6, 12 or 24 hours delay experienced. This is what is termed as a benefit so does not require receipts to claim but you will need a note from the Rail Company or station, such as St Pancras if departing from the UK, to confirm the number of hours delayed.

Secondly, most travel insurance policies will have a section for Abandonment. This is just another term for cancellation which permits the traveller, once they have experienced the required number of hours travel delay, to cancel their travel and holiday in its entirety and claim back the costs. Whether you choose this option will depend on many factors, such as the length of your trip away, how long the delay will be and personal preference but it is a very valuable addition to have in any travel insurance policy.

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