The Anonymous Widower

Eurostar Is Overflowing

I took this picture on Sunday night at around seven in the evening.

I’d just walked through the entrance and the queues were long and overflowing round the corner.

I do think there’ll come a time in a few years, when Eurostar will have to rebuild substantially to handle the increasing numbers of passengers.

July 30, 2019 - Posted by | Transport |


  1. The Eurostar area in Gare du Nord in Paris is also too small and cramped. Brussels on the other hand is not too bad.

    Comment by mauricegreed | July 30, 2019 | Reply

  2. I felt quite daunted by the size of the queue the last time I used Eurostar. It did move quickly though and I was soon through security. Some people by me decided to take it in turns to shop and regretted it, having to negotiate the rope barriers to join their party.

    Comment by Kevin Roche | July 30, 2019 | Reply

  3. And this is before we leave the eu and affects that may have on Passport contro !

    There is also still major room for growth in destinations for Eurostars adding further to the numbers travelling in the future .

    While some may think we have Stratford International in reserve … Well without HS2 and a cross London connection the reality is the new fleet of Eurostars are to large for our domestic gauge lines !

    Comment by Melvyn | July 30, 2019 | Reply

    • Eurostar are already planning services to Bordeaux, Cologne, Frankfurt and Geneva and with the success of the Amsterdam service, I wonder if their passenger terminal will be big enough and even if they have enough platforms. Eurostar trains can’t be turned round like Azumas next door. I also envisage more services at both Kings Cross and in the domestic platforms at St. Pancras. So will the taxis, buses and Inderground all start to gum solid in the area?
      Crossrail 2 would help, but that is a long term solution and building the massive mega-station would be very difficult and disruptive.

      In my view the best option would be to extend Crossrail to Ebbsfleet and add capacity at the station to turn Continental services.

      It could be used by Open Access operators, providing low-cost services.

      It would have an easy link to Heathrow and HS2.

      Comment by AnonW | July 30, 2019 | Reply

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