The UK leg of the Orient Express might be quickly halted subsequent yr due to fears over delays brought on by new Brexit border checks being introduced in by the EU.
Belmond, the operator that runs the Venice Simplon-Orient-Categorical, has stated it can quickly finish the London to Folkestone part forward of additional biometric checks being introduced in for UK travellers.
A Belomond spokesman informed The Telegraph the corporate will solely function the Venice service to and from Paris “forward of the introduction of enhanced biometric passport controls” between the UK and Europe.
“This short-term measure is supposed to minimise dangers of journey disruption and proceed to offer our company with the best degree of service,” the spokesman stated.
The choice means Belmond’s service, which often begins from Victoria earlier than travelling to the continent and ending in Venice, will now start in Paris.
On the present service, passengers are taken from the central London station to Folkestone in a classic Pullman practice earlier than boarding coaches to cross the Channel after which be part of a brand new practice in France.
Pictures and fingerprints required
Belmond stated it might proceed to run companies within the UK for the rest of this yr and hoped it may reopen the route sooner or later.
The short-term scrapping of the UK leg comes forward of the EU introducing biometric checks on travellers entering EU countries from outside the bloc subsequent yr.
The checks, known as the entry/exit system, would require travellers to have their pictures and fingerprints taken as a substitute of simply having their passports checked and stamped. At Folkestone and Dover, it will occur on UK soil.
Earlier this month, The Telegraph revealed that even infants can be required to present biometric particulars.
The implementation of the system has been repeatedly delayed and it’s no longer anticipated to be launched till after the Paris Olympics subsequent yr.
The transfer brings a brief finish to 41 years of the London leg of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Categorical.
The service was made well-known by Agatha Christie’s traditional novel Homicide on the Orient Categorical, which follows Hercule Poirot’s makes an attempt to resolve the homicide of an American businessman when the practice is compelled to cease close to Croatia.
This Easter, coach travellers have been compelled to attend as much as 18 hours after a better than common variety of passengers forward of the financial institution vacation weekend led to huge queues at Dover.