Eurostar adds more services to meet fast-growing demand from UK regions

2 Jul 2008

--London–Paris trains increased to 18 per day--Even more services on Fridays – up to 20 trains per day from London--Rapid growth in demand from towns and cities across the UK
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train operator that links the UK with continental Europe, is adding an 18th service in each direction on the London – Paris route on Mondays to Thursdays from 8 September 2008.
Eurostar is also boosting weekend services, with up to 20 trains on Fridays from London and Paris and 19 trains from Paris to London starting from 11 July 2008.
Extra trains are being added to meet the surging demand from travellers wanting to travel by 186mph trains to the Continent. Eurostar is seeing growth of more than 100% in some regions north of London, as travellers take advantage of good value through fares, easy connections via domestic rail services to St Pancras International, and the high frequency of Eurostar trains – with rail providing more flexibility and choice than regional air services.
Travellers are also being attracted by the opportunity to see the magnificently restored St Pancras International – now one of the grandest railway stations in the world - which besides its amazing architecture offers a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants with a truly cosmopolitan ambience.
Eurostar services from St Pancras International travel at 186mph to Brussels, Paris and Disneyland Resort Paris, with a huge range of connections to more destinations across France, and cities such as Bruges in Belgium, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Cologne in Germany.
The addition of extra trains will mean that there is a half-hourly service between London and Paris during the morning and evening peaks, and close to an hourly service throughout the rest of the day.
Eurostar's Communications Director, Simon Montague, said: "We are delighted at the growing numbers of travellers from the regions and we will soon be rolling out more through fares with other UK train operators.
The increase in services means we have 24,000 seats available between London and Paris on Mondays to Thursdays, and 30,000 seats on Fridays. We advise travellers to book early to get the best deals."
Examples of standard option, return fares and fastest journey times include:
Cambridge – Brussels / Paris: £71 return – journey times 3h50 / 4h00
Birmingham – Brussels / Paris: £79 – journey times 4h25 / 4h50
Manchester – Brussels / Paris: £84 – journey times 5h20 / 5h35
Luton – Brussels / Paris: £67 – journey times 3h20 / 3h40
Derby – Brussels / Paris: £79 – journey times 4h25 / 4h50
Peterborough – Brussels / Paris: £77 – journey times 3h40 / 4h00
Leeds – Brussels / Paris: £79 – journey times 5h05 / 5h35
(For travel to Disneyland Resort Paris, and to any station in Belgium, the lowest fares are the same price as for Brussels or Paris.)
Book early to secure your cheap eurostar tickets
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Notes to Editors:
1 Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar now has through fares deals with First Great Western, National Express East Anglia, First Capital Connect, Virgin Trains, National Express East Coast, East Midlands Trains, London Midland, Chiltern Railways and Hull Trains.
3. Ebbsfleet International in north Kent is close to junction 2 of the M25 and Bluewater shopping centre, and lies at the heart of a catchment of 10 million people. It offers seven trains a day to Paris and five a day to Brussels, with ample parking and taxi and Avis car hire facilities. Eurostar travellers can also connect with the station for free on Southeastern train services and Fastrack buses.
4. Ashford International in Kent provides three services a day to Paris, a daily service to Disneyland Resort Paris and seasonal weekly services to the French Alps and Avignon. The station provides ample parking and connects with domestic rail services.
5. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris generates one-tenth of the carbon dioxide produced by an equivalent flight. Under its Tread Lightly initiative, Eurostar has set a target of further reducing its CO2 emissions by 25% per traveller journey by 2012. Eurostar is the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral.
6. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are working together in the UK on Eurostar's Tread Lightly initiative and The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth's climate campaign. To find out more about Friends of the Earth or The Big Ask please click here www.friendsoftheearth.co.uk
7. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
8. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates a vehicle shuttle service and the Channel tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.
9. To book through fares via Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com or call 08705 186 186.
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