Ownership and structure
Eurostar now has a single unified management team, which has implemented one strategy across the whole company in the UK, France and Belgium.
- Eurostar was owned, when launched, by SNCF, SNCB and British Rail.
- Prior to the UK rail privatisation, a subsidiary European Passenger Services (EPS) was created, which included British Rail's interest in Eurostar. In June 1996, this was sold to London & Continental Railways (LCR) and in October 1996, LCR changed the name to Eurostar UK Ltd (EUKL).
- Formerly EUKL, SNCF and SNCB were each responsible for the running of Eurostar services on their own territory.
- In September 1999, Eurostar Group was established. This was a unified management structure, created to drive some of the commercial direction and strategy of the business. The three railways are each represented on the Board of Eurostar Group.
- On the 31 December 2009 Eurostar (U.K.) Ltd changed its name to Eurostar International Ltd.
- On 1 September 2010, Eurostar completed the legal transformation of its business from a joint venture to Eurostar International It became a single, unified standalone business owned by three shareholders: SNCF (55%), SNCB (5%) and LCR (40%).
- More information on the Eurostar Board of Directors can be found here
- More information on the Eurostar Management Team can be found here