UK Eurostar passengers to Paris Gare du Nord could face huge queues post-Brexit | Travel News | Travel
Paris Gare du Nord’s Eurostar terminal in France is due to be redeveloped in order to address “the challenges of reinforced border controls due to Brexit,” and it could lead to travellers being delayed.
Currently the Treaty of le Touquet is in place which mean passport checks for both France and the UK take place as passengers board the train.
Consequently, there is no passport check on arrival and travellers can walk straight out of the station.
However, when the UK leaves the EU, passengers could face additional checks and queues on arrival.
It’s possible Britons may even have to apply for visas if they wish to visit Europe after Brexit.
French rail company SNCF state online that Gare du Nord will be tripled in size by 2023 in time for the Olympics in Paris.
SNCF say the station will rival St Pancras railway station in London.
Other additions include a nursery, a large co-working space, a 1km trail on the roof and green spaces. Security will also be improved.
700,000 passengers currently pass through Gare du Nord each day.
This is expected to grow to 900,000 by 2030.
“This ambitious redevelopment of the Gare du Nord, supported by the SNCF Group with the support of the City of Paris, will make it possible to meet a double challenge: to better welcome visitors while improving the living environment of the Parisians living in the area, ” said Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
Managing Director of SNCF Gares & Connexions, Patrick Ropert, added: “Every time we transform a station, we transform a city district.
“The Gare du Nord will become the emblematic train station of the 21st century… It is a colossal challenge to triple the size of this station for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.
Paris is not the only city to have planned overhauls for a post-Brexit world.
Rotterdam port and Schipol airport in Holland have revealed they will be developing to copy with increased busyness around passport control after Brexit.
A Eurostar rival could soon offer rail passengers train tickets from the UK to France for a fraction of the price.
Getlink, a French rail operator, has announced new proposals to offer a similar route between the two capitals cities.
Starting from Stratford, the route would then terminate at Roissy station which is close to Charles de Gaulle Airport.
It would be a slightly longer route of three hours, compared to Eurostar’s two hours and 15-minute-long trip.
However, tickets could be 30 per cent less than current ticket prices.
Express.co.uk have contacted SNCF for comment.