Eurostar launches ticket sales on new amended timetable

1 Oct 2008

--9 trains per day London-Brussels; 16 trains per day London-Paris; 1 train per day London-Disneyland Resort Paris--Journey times on average 20 minutes longer than normal--Punctuality of 93% in first two weeks following Channel tunnel incident
Eurostar, the high-speed train operator linking the UK and mainland Europe, has today(1 October) launched ticket sales on a new, amended timetable that makes best use of the available capacity through the Channel tunnel.
There are now nine trains/weekday between London and Brussels, and 16 trains/weekday between London and Paris, compared with 10 and 17 trains/weekday respectively before the incident on 11 September. Tickets are available through all sales channels.
The new timetable represents 93% of Eurostar seat capacity before the incident. It is expected to continue in force for some months – into the first half of 2009 - before Eurotunnel, the Channel tunnel operator, is able to restore full access to both tunnels under the sea.
Journey times are on average 20 minutes longer than normal, to take account of the partial closure of one of the two running tunnels.
Eurostar will continue to operate temporary check-in procedures for some weeks. All travellers are strongly advised to check in as early as possible, ahead of Eurostar's minimum check-in times, to help station staff ensure that they catch their trains.
Eurostar has achieved an average of 93% punctuality during the first two full weeks of operations following the tunnel incident.
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 offers through fares to the Continent 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, serving 10 million people across southern and eastern England. It offers frequent services to Brussels and Paris, 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 Eurostar travellers can connect for free on Southeastern train services.
5. Eurostar is the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral. 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.
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 vehicle shuttle services 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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