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changing trains at Lille Europe

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changing trains at Lille Europe

I have just realised that I've only allowed 38 mins between my train arriving from Lyon and my Eurostar train leaving from Lille. I have seen it recommended that you should allow 40 mins minimum to change platforms and check in. Does anyone know how far away the Eurostar check in is from the other platform and whether there is any flexibility with check in times at Eurostar (I was told check in closes 30 mins ahead of departure). I will also be travelling with an elderly relative!

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41. Re: changing trains at Lille Europe

It depends exactly where you want to go.

The Grand Place is about 15 minutes walk from Lille Europe station, which is where trains from London arrive.

You can also get the metro to the station Rihour, which is close to the Grand Place and is in an area full of shops and restaurants.

A taxi from the station to somewhere near the Grand Place would cost around €10.

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42. Re: changing trains at Lille Europe

I am going to Lille in March, am I likely to see a mix of freight and passenger trains using

Lille Europe station and whats the most likely the best time for freight workings .Also am I

likely to have a problem taking photos being my hobby ,do I have to get permission

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43. Re: changing trains at Lille Europe

You won't see freight trains at either Europe or Flandres stations in Lille.

While I doubt whether you would have a problem with taking the odd quick-snap of the train you have just alighted from or are about to board, attempting to remain on any of the platforms at Lille Europe to take photographs is likely to lead to a close-up view of the unfriendly end of a loaded rifle. The station is always a secure area because it is served by Eurostar trains and, with a state of emergency in France at the moment, the soldiers stationed permanently there will act first and ask questions afterwards.

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44. Re: changing trains at Lille Europe

Thankyou for your reply ,I will certainly take your advice

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45. Re: changing trains at Lille Europe

Further on to my question on viewing and photographing trains is there anywhere safe in the vicinity of Lille that I can spot and photograph trains

Roger P.

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46. Re: changing trains at Lille Europe

From the Pont de Flandres bridge you get a good view of all the trains entering/leaving Flandres station. Lille-Europe station isn't as interesting.

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47. Re: changing trains at Lille Europe

The Pont de Flandres will indeed give you good views of all trains serving the Gare de Flandres, however that station is a terminus and there will only be (a good variety of) passenger trains serving it. The Pont lies immediately north of the well-signed Grand Palais venue about 15 minutes walk from the Europe station.

When I was exhibiting at the Grand Palais back in April I did notice a number of freight trains using the avoiding line and they should be visible from the bridges further south which carry the D146 road and which seem to be called the Pont de Tournai and the Rue Saint-Amond. Traditionally, the SNCF ran very few freight trains on Mondays but I don't know if that is still the case now that there are so many operators.

You might find it useful to use Google Satellite View and Street View to check on possible vantage points.

Given the current security situation, you may still attract police attention so make sure that you carry your passport and, if you a member of any railway or model railway clubs, it might just be helpful to have their membership cards on you. I suspect though that the police would quickly judge that you are just another "mad Englishman".

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48. Re: changing trains at Lille Europe

The Pont de Flandres is only a 3-minute walk from Lille-Europe station if you use the back exit, a short cut to the Grand Palais. From this exit turn right and walk slightly uphill.

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