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Coronavirus Kent: Eurostar ceases travel from Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International Stations

Eurostar has stopped operating to and from stations in Kent amid the coronavirus crisis.

The international train company has cancelled any services stopping or leaving both Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International Stations for the foreseeable future.

Eurostar trains are no longer stopping in Kent
Eurostar trains are no longer stopping in Kent

The announcement is in response to increased French border controls and lower demand for travel.

It means that anyone hoping to travel between Kent to France will be unable to do so.

Instead, services will run from St Pancras International, and customers will be able to use their Eurostar tickets to travel there on Southeastern services.

Services from Calais Fr├ęthun and Lille Europe have also ceased, with customers able to travel from Paris Gare do Nord instead.

The French border is currently closed to any UK citizen who does not classify as an essential worker, or have a residency permit for any country in continental Europe.

Services are not stopping at Ebbsfleet International. Picture: Nick Johnson
Services are not stopping at Ebbsfleet International. Picture: Nick Johnson

Additionally, the UK government is currently advising against all but essential travel, and is recommending to anyone travelling abroad that they return home immediately.

Because of this, many Eurostar customers have found that their trips have been cancelled, and are searching for refunds.

The is offering refunds in the form of eVouchers to the full value of tickets or packages, but have set a time limit on when they are to be used.

Anyone who is given a voucher must make a new booking by Wednesday, September 30 to travel at any point up to the end of March next year.

Customers will receive a voucher per person, for each part of the trip - including stops or returns - but these can all be used together as one payment.

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