Zero stars for Eurostar


CTC's campaign Zero stars for Eurostar

From the 01 November 2015 Eurostar’s policy on cycle carriage was scheduled to change for the worse.

Cyclists previously could take a complete bicycle on board for a £30 fee. However, citing a lack of space, cyclists are to become third-class passengers in the eyes of Eurostar, and no longer will it be possible to take a complete cycle on Eurostar services.

Instead it will have to be bagged or boxed, requiring disassembly.

This is extremely disappointing especially as the current system is already far from ideal – it’s complicated to book, expensive and not promoted. Moreover, the changes make cycle-rail integration even more difficult, especially for the new cyclist or those who use their cycle as a mobility aid.

It is a massive step backwards for a company that claims always to be “at the cutting edge of innovation in our industry” and a supporter of sustainable travel through the Ashden Awards. It also begs the question, what next – a full ban on cyclists and their wheels?

Cyclists should be treated equally.  We understand that there is a limited space for baggage on the trains but it should be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

We're calling on our supporters to make their frustration known to Eurostar through our online action which you can access below. It's a tri-lingual campaign in English, French and Dutch to reflect that cyclists across Europe will be affected. 

Recent Campaign Activity

It was Cycling UK wot won it! Eurostar in U-turn News
Cycling UK is celebrating after Eurostar backed down over its controversial plans to make cyclists box up their bikes thanks to our 'Zero Stars for Eurostar' campaign.
Eurostar train heading out of the medway towns on the HS1
Eurostar cycle service subject to delays News
Eurostar appears to have delayed its controversial plans to make cyclists box up their bikes to travel, an investigation by Cycling UK has revealed.
Eurostar trains
Eurostar says 'yes' to talks...but plans still go ahead News
Eurostar has agreed to meet CTC and Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s office to discuss the controversial move to make cyclists dismantle and box up their bikes to travel. But any face-to-face talks will have to take place AFTER the new cycle-carriage policy comes into force this Sunday.
Picture of Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo
CTC calls for talks with Eurostar over controversial cycle-carriage plans News
CTC has made a direct approach to Eurostar asking for a meeting to discuss the high-speed train provider’s controversial plans to make cyclists dismantle and box up their bikes to travel.
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