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St Pancras/Eurostar, poor cycle provision

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Pete, 22 Oct 2007.

  1. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Don't know if this has already been posted elsewhere. Also I am indebted to the guys on ACF for the link and a number of comments.

    Any thoughts? Personally this doesn't affect me, I've rather given up on the trains anyway as a means of getting to France, neither fast, efficient nor comfortable. Anyway we don't transport our bikes to our holiday home in France, we keep bikes down there...

    But I still think it's a disgrace and an insult to my fellow cyclists: shows that cyclists effectively have last-class citizenship whenever some important public service is being implemented.
     
  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Must admit, if I was taking a bike to St Pancras it would be in a bag to take on Eurostar. It's weird how Eurostar can't cope with a fully assembled bike. GNER did when they leased a few Eurostar sets a few years ago...
     
  3. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    This is disappointing. I had a look at St Pancras yesterday and overall it looked pretty impressive, but as I was on foot I didn't think to check out the cycle facilities.

    Even Kings X has got better cycle racks than the ones shown in Pete's link.
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Take along a photo of the cycle facilities at Amsterdam station-

    IMG_1325.jpg
     
  5. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Eh? Door to door Eurostar is extremely competitive on journey time versus air. I'd say it is fast, efficient, and comfortable.

     
  6. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    I'm using Eurostar in the near future. But bike does not figure in the journey on the occasion.
     
  7. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    Not surprised, been through St Pancras several times during the last year or so whilst they were rebuilding/restructuring it. It was extremely pedestrian/standard train user unfriendly with not enough seats or silly windy routes. They could have had bicycle racks at their silly new bit at the front or on the platforms but they would have been difficult to get to.
     
  8. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Location:
    Streatham Hill
    the really odd bit is the tortuous exit from the train, down ramps, past desks that might once have had immigration officials behind them, through a deserted customs hall, and then out to the windy side to wait for a taxi. At the Gare du Nord you simply walk off the platform.
     
  9. orbiter

    orbiter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
  10. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Location:
    Streatham Hill
    I should have mentioned this earlier, but you might like to know that Dave Holladay of the CTC is all over Eurostar like a rash, holding them to account on promises made about check-in times for bicycles and so on and so forth. Dave makes the same point to every rail operator - cycle parking sells rail tickets.