Eurostar named Rail Operator Of The Year

3 Sep 2004

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train that links the UK with France and Belgium, has won two awards at the prestigious National Rail Awards 2004.
The company was joint winner of the coveted 'Operator of the Year' category with the judges commenting: "Eurostar has turned the corner in 2003/04, its most successful ever".
Richard Brown, Eurostar's Chief Executive, also won the 'Outstanding Personal Contribution' award. The judges commented: "[We] are delighted to honour him with this prestigious award...his vision of working for a world class player and presenting a showcase of what railways can achieve is percolating down to even the most junior staff."
The awards were presented last night (2 September 2004) in a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
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Editor's Notes:
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar services are up to 40 minutes faster for return journeys, as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link enables trains to run at speeds of up to 186mph (300 km/h).
3. Eurostar was named "World's Leading Rail Service" in the 2003 World Travel Awards; "Best Rail Network" at the Business Travel World Awards 2004 and "Best Rail Operator" at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards 2004.
4. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
5. As part of its sponsorship of the Entente Cordiale centenary, Eurostar has introduced a school educational fare which applies to those aged 11-21 and in a minimum group size of ten people. The maximum group size is 99. The offer applies for travel on any day except Friday and Sunday. Travel is until 20th December 2004.
6. More information about Eurostar can be found at www.eurostar.com
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office, +44 (0) 20 7922 4494, press.office@eurostar.co.uk