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Eurostar travellers urged to check their holiday insurance for strike cover

06/11/2009

Holidaymakers due to travel this week by Eurostar are advised to check their holiday insurance to see if they are covered for strike action that will disrupt services from this evening (weds).

Train workers in Belgium will stage a 24-hour strike, starting at 9pm today and continuing until Thursday evening.

The walk-out by all signallers and station staff will force Eurostar to cancel nine trains from Brussels Midi to London. All domestic and international services in and out of Belgium will also be cancelled.

High-speed TGV, ICE and THALYS trains from Belgium to France, Germany and the Netherlands will not run either.

Workers are striking in protest against the restructuring plans being made within the freight division of the Belgian national railway operator, SNCB.

Eurostar has confirmed that passengers will be allowed to swap their tickets for alternative dates or receive a full refund. Those left stranded over night in Belgium should check their holiday insurance to see if they are covered for additional costs.

Passengers who are forced to delay their trip to Belgium due to the strike should check their holiday insurance to see if they can postpone their cover until the start of their trip.

They may also be able to claim on their holiday insurance for compensation.

Last month cleaners on Eurostar trains operating out of London St Pancras threatened to strike over the use of fingerprints to clock in staff, although the industrial action was called off at the last minute when the dispute was resolved.

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