Chief executive Gwendoline Cazenave said with post-Brexit border checks and current levels of border staff, there were "bottlenecks" in stat

Eurostar trains carrying almost a third fewer passengers

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Chief executive Gwendoline Cazenave said with post-Brexit border checks and current levels of border staff, there were "bottlenecks" in stations.

"The thing is now we are not able to run the same transport offer as what we had before in 2019, because of bottlenecks in stations," she said.

"We have a main issue in Eurostar terminals because of the new boarding conditions between the UK and EU, because of the impact of Covid, because of staff in the stations."

Ms Cazenave also said that Eurostar and both French and UK authorities were working hard on solutions such as having more border staff.

Last year, Eurostar announced it was halting its direct service from London to Disneyland Paris and also stopped services calling at Ebbsfleet or Ashford International stations.

It cited reasons which included financial problems due to losses suffered during the height of the pandemic and post-Brexit border checks - with more time needed to stamp UK passengers' passports

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