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Wheelchair on Eurostar

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Havewheels
Havewheels Community member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi, I’m looking for some advice about taking a wheelchair on Eurostar from London to Paris. My reclining wheelchair is bigger than average, but will fit in a 120cm wheelchair space if I take the footrests off. Can anybody advise if there is legroom beyond the size of the wheelchair itself on Eurostar? I will need to be able to stretch my legs out a bit. I have been in contact with Eurostar but they couldn’t really help. If anybody in this forum has travelled on the Eurostar and is able to help I would be very grateful! Thanks x

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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @Havewheels and welcome to the community :) Thanks for your query this afternoon. 

    I was due to travel on Eurostar in my manual chair in 2020, and unsurprisingly we can to cancel due to the pandemic, so unfortunately I can't advise you as to what the space is like!

    If I recall when I was looking, they have two or three different models of trains or carriages they use, so the wheelchair spaces are slightly different depending which you book. From what I can make out, it says: 

    Is there a maximum wheelchair size for travelling on Eurostar?
    Yes. To make sure it fits in lifts, on ramps and in the onboard wheelchair space, it needs to be no bigger than 70cm wide and 120cm long.

    I'm sorry to hear that Eurostar weren't as helpful as they could be, what did they say when you contacted them? 

    Having had a quick search I've found the Eurostar assistance guide, which has diagrams (some clearer than others) of the wheelchair seats on their three trains. To me it looks as though the 'Original Train' will give you the most room in the designated wheelchair space.

    Let me know if I can help with anything further in the meantime, and hopefully someone with first hand experience can share their thoughts with you as well.

    Alex
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  • Havewheels
    Havewheels Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hi Alex, thanks for your reply. When I spoke to Eurostar she said she couldn’t advise on how much legroom would be available, and I wouldn’t be able to specify what sort of seating arrangement I would prefer, so I wouldn’t know if the space was suitable until I was actually on the train. My chair just fits into the 70 x 120cm space, but obviously I will also need room for my legs - I wouldn’t be able to travel all the way with them tucked under the chair. Hopefully someone in the group forum might have some experience of this. I’m sorry your trip had to be cancelled. I hope you get the chance to go another time! 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's really frustrating @Havewheels! How can you plan ahead when you don't know if the space will be suitable until you're on the train... 

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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi again @Havewheels I agree, it's incredibly frustrating to leave something so essential up in the air like that. 

    It may well be worth asking on Twitter, if you have it, as there's an active community of disabled people who might have expeirence of travelling on the Eurostar.

    One other suggestion is getting in touch with Transport For All, if they can't help directly, they might be able to point you to someone who can.

    And thank you, I'm sure eventually we'll get the chance to go again :)

    Let us know if you do find any more information as well, I hope you can travel as smoothly as possible.
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  • JodyS
    JodyS Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    I have travelled a few times in wheelchair spaces on Eurostar. I have been on a couple of the different train options. My chair is a standard manual but I have shared the area with a mobility scooter and with a quite large electric chair, I would say the spaces are quite spacious but I wouldn’t promise as didn't measure! There is a table with the wheelchair spaces and so there is space under the table. On one train type the two wheelchair spaces face each other and the table extends out into the middle but doesn’t have to be extended which gives more space. 

  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks you for sharing that with us @JodyS :) Hopefully @Havewheels will find that helpful!

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  • Havewheels
    Havewheels Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Thanks everybody - I think it will be fine and have booked a wheelchair space now. X
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are welcome @Havewheels. It is the very least you deserve. 

    It is really positive to hear you think it will be fine and have booked a wheelchair space now. Please feel free to keep us updated on how it goes  :)
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  • Poppy_
    Poppy_ Community Volunteer Host Posts: 192 Pioneering
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    Hi, how are you today?
    I just wanted to add that I saw a video review about using the Eurostar as a wheelchair user, which should be helpful in showing their accessibility, and what the wheelchair space is like.

    Poppy_
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