Eurostar will not resume services from Britain’s Ebbsfleet and Ashford International stations for “another two or three years”.
The international rail operator halted calls at the two Kent stations in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, and later that year Eurostar announced that its services would not stop at Ebbsfleet or Ashford before 2022.
Eurostar has now confirmed it will not serve any of the stations in 2023, with the company adding that it ‘cannot make any commitments for two to three years’.
“Our recovery is progressing well, but we have considerable financial commitments following the pandemic which we will continue to face for several years,” Eurostar said in a statement.
“Our border environment has also hardened following Brexit, and greater complexity is expected with the launch of the EU Entry and Exit System (EES).
“As we continue to operate in an uncertain and fragile environment, we must focus on our most profitable inter-capital routes to enable us to meet our financial commitments, stabilize our operations and our customer experience, before considering new developments. “
This means that Eurostar will continue to focus on operating its services from London’s St Pancras station to its main European destinations of Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
“We understand this will be disappointing for local communities, and we will continue to work closely and openly with local councils on the future of stations,” Eurostar added.