Eurostar is the logical alternative for strike-hit Heathrow and Gatwick passengers

29 Jan 2007

--Thousands of seats on offer next Tuesday and Wednesday--Connections via high-speed rail to destinations across Europe
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train operator linking the UK with the Continent, is expecting a surge in passengers whose travel plans have been disrupted by the confirmation of strike action at Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 January.
Eurostar has already seen a significant increase in bookings and enquiries from passengers wanting to switch from plane to train, within hours of the announcement of widespread flight cancellations.
Eurostar runs direct services to Paris, Brussels and Lille, where travellers can also connect with other high-speed operators, providing an attractive and environmentally less damaging alternative for travel to destinations in France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and across northern Europe.
Each Eurostar train carries up to 750 passengers – 206 in Business Premier and Leisure Select, and 544 in standard class – the equivalent of half a dozen Boeing 737s. There is a full timetable of Eurostar services on both strike days and several thousand seats available for travel between the UK and the Continent.
Simon Montague, Eurostar's Director of Communications, said: "The strikes at Heathrow and Gatwick will force thousands of travellers to make alternative plans. We are seeing a repeat of the problems with fog before Christmas and with airport security last summer, and we are expecting thousands of extra travellers who have switched from flying.
"People who need to make that business trip or want to get away on holiday have a seamless high-speed alternative that is free of airport hassles. Semi-flexible standard class fares from London to Paris are just £239 return on both days."
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1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. On 14 November 2007, Eurostar's London terminal will switch from Waterloo International to St. Pancras International. Journey times will reduce, with London-Paris in 2h 15m, London-Brussels in 1h 51m and London-Lille in just 1h20m. Eurostar will also launch services from Ebbsfleet International, a new station near junction 2 of the M25 motorway, close to Dartford in north Kent.
3 Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris or Brussels generates ten times less carbon dioxide than flying.
4. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards.
5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
6. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com , call 08705 186186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7922 4494press.office@eurostar.co.uk