Eurostar to mark Christmas rush with first 10 million travellers since the launch of services on High Speed 1

3 Dec 2008

-- 10 million barrier broken as Eurostar publishes details of-- Christmas and New Year timetable High Speed 1 lures travellers from across UK to switch from plane to train-- Eurostar offers gift vouchers as perfect Christmas present
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK with the Continent, today (3 December) announced that 10 million Eurostar travellers will shortly have travelled on High Speed 1 since the launch of services on 14 November 2007.
The ten millionth traveller is expected to travel on High Speed 1 on Friday 19 December, the day that marks the beginning of the Christmas and New Year rush to the Continent. The opening of Britain's first high-speed line has been a resounding success for Eurostar, with huge growth in travellers from the Midlands and North of England taking advantage of the ease of connections at London's St Pancras International and the shorter journey times to mainland Europe.
Eurostar's Communications Director, Simon Montague, said: "We're really pleased that 10 million travellers have now chosen to cross the Channel by high-speed rail. It's clear evidence that high-speed trains offer travellers a more convenient, greener and more enjoyable journey. Eurostar is also a much more punctual way to travel – an important factor for travellers over the holiday season - and fares start from just £59 return."
Eurostar will be running services throughout the Christmas and New Year period, with the exception of 25 December when there will be no services. A Sunday timetable will operate on 26 December. Due to engineering works taking place in the Channel Tunnel, Eurostar will operate a reduced timetable on 30 December and 31 December.
The last departures on 24 December and 31 December are as follows:
 

The last departures on 24 December and 31 December are as follows:
 

Date

London- Paris

London-Brussels

Paris-London

Brussels-London

24 December

17.35

16.30

18.13

17.59

31 December

17.00

16.40

18.13

18.29

 
For shoppers stuck for an original Christmas idea, why not treat someone to a Eurostar gift voucher? Available in denominations from £1 to £50, a Eurostar voucher could make the perfect present. The vouchers come either in paper or online format and are redeemable for any journey originating from the UK.
Eurostar is currently operating an amended timetable that makes best use of the Channel Tunnel capacity provided by Eurotunnel. This timetable represents 93% of Eurostar capacity before the tunnel incident on 11 September 2008. Eurostar expects to return to a full timetable in the spring once Eurotunnel, the Channel tunnel operator, is able to restore full access to both tunnels under the sea.
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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.
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.
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 visit 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.
For more information:Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7843 5500press.office@eurostar.co.uk
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