Zero stars for Eurostar

Zero stars for Eurostar

We're giving "Zero stars for Eurostar" as they seek to make cycle-carriage even more difficult.

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. 

Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19