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Eurostar owner reassures passengers over Brexit fears

by Sarah Dunsby
26th Feb 19 8:31 am

Eurostar’s largest shareholder has spoken with French media to reassure passengers over the Brexit fiasco.

The shareholder said Brexit might “hit” or even “halt” the service, but “details” still need to be worked out. The service’s “fundamentals” will not be affected.

Guillaume Pepy, head of France’s SNCF railway company, speaking with French media said they are working to ensure smooth travel “whatever the scenario.”

Pepy said to 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.”

Pepy added if controls were to bring delays then they will assess “if we hold back the train a few minutes or send people on their way in the following train.”

SNCF owns a 55% shareholding in Eurostar along with Quebec’s pension and insurance plans institutional investor CDPQ, hold 30% shareholding.

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