Eurostar to host a ‘Drive-In Cinema’ at Ebbsfleet International station over the August Bank Holiday weekend

8 Aug 2008

Eurostar, the international high-speed passenger train operator that links the UK with mainland Europe, today (08/08/08) announced plans for a Drive-In Cinema over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Ebbsfleet International, the new Eurostar station just off junction 2 of the M25 and close to Bluewater and the Dartford Crossing.
Eurostar will be showing two classic, blockbuster movies - 'The Bourne Ultimatum' starring Matt Damon on Saturday 23 August, and 'Moulin Rouge' with Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor on Sunday 24 August. 'Moulin Rouge' is set in Paris – the glamorous continental city that is a highly-popular Eurostar destination and 'The Bourne Ultimatum' thriller features Paris and London before tearing through many other countries.
A major advertising campaign will feature on local radio stations and newspapers. The tickets for this event will be distributed via the media and at the Eurostar shop at Bluewater.
Eurostar's Communications Director, Simon Montague "These are two cracking movies, and Ebbsfleet International will host a 21st century event offering the best possible sound and vision so that people can enjoy the latest in the action-packed Jason Bourne series, or the scintillating music and dance from Moulin Rouge."
Drive-in cinemas were first introduced in the USA in 1933 and grew to a height of popularity in the 1950s, but today they are a rare event. The films will be shown in one of the car parks at Ebbsfleet International, with space for 500 cars each evening. There will be two big screens, with the soundtrack broadcast and received via car radios. In addition there will be live entertainment, refreshments and toilet facilities available.
This is the latest strand in Eurostar's continuing plan to put its latest Kent station firmly on the map. Ebbsfleet International lies at the heart of a catchment of 10 million people.
Simon Montague added: "We want to make sure that everyone knows about Ebbsfleet International – communities near the station and the residents of Essex, Kent, Sussex and beyond. For many people it is a highly attractive alternative to St Pancras International, with numerous services to Brussels, Lille and Paris, and connections to lots more destinations across Belgium and France."
"We have to acknowledge that some people prefer to use their cars to connect with international transport, so we need to encourage them to find out how accessible Ebbsfleet International is. This will give them the confidence to switch from 'drive and fly' to 'drive and ride', thus vastly reducing the overall carbon dioxide emissions of their journeys. All Eurostar journeys are carbon neutral at no extra cost to travellers."
Ebbsfleet International station offers fast, seamless travel from South East England to Europe's big cities, and is part of the future Ebbsfleet Valley development. Eurostar is also a founding partner of the Ebbsfleet Landmark, for which five proposed designs are currently on display at Bluewater shopping centre. In addition, the high-speed train operator is the sponsor of Ebbsfleet United Football Club.
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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, a location well-known to millions of shoppers from around the Home Counties. 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 Brussels (from 14 December 2008), 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 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.
7. 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.
8. 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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