Eurostar prepares for a bumper bank holiday weekend

23 May 2008

--Over 155,000 travellers use Eurostar for bank holiday weekend--Demand up 8% on last year--Six extra Eurostar services to meet demand
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service linking the UK and mainland Europe, will carry over 155,000 travellers this bank holiday period (Thursday 22 May – Tuesday 27 May).
This is an 8% increase on same period last year, as more and more travellers choose carbon neutral journeys to reach over 100 destinations across France, Belgium and the rest of Europe.
To meet the extra demand Eurostar has laid on six extra services totalling 4,500 seats – the same number of travellers would fill around 30 short haul flights. Details of the extra trains are as follows:
Sunday 24 May:St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord at 09:01 (arriving 12:17)St Pancras International to Disneyland® Resort Paris at 12:49 (arriving 16:24)
Monday 26 MaySt Pancras International to Disneyland® Resort Paris at 12:49 (arriving 16:24)Paris Gare du Nord to St Pancras International at 18h43 (arriving 20:06)
Tuesday 27 MaySt Pancras International to Disneyland® Resort Paris at 12:49 (arriving 16:24)Disneyland® Resort Paris to St Pancras International at 14h40 (arriving 16h11)
Travellers can also take advantage of the excellent domestic rail connections to St Pancras International as Eurostar offers through fares from over 130 towns and cities across the UK. These through fares start from £67 return and mean that many more travellers can now enjoy an even easier and more seamless travelling experience.
Simon Montague, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: "We are seeing significant growth in the number of travellers across Britain who are using through fares to travel by rail to the continent. St Pancras International and High Speed 1 are making it even easier to reach Paris and Brussels in record time, as well as producing less environmental impact compared with flying."
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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. Ebbsfleet International is a few minutes' drive from junction 2 of the M25 and has 2,500 parking spaces, taxi and Avis car hire facilities. Eurostar travellers using public transport enjoy free travel on connecting Southeastern train services and Fastrack buses.3. Travellers in southern England also have the choice of Ashford International station, which 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.4. 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.5. 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.6. 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.7. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information:Eurostar Press Office+44 (0) 207 843 5500press.office@eurostar.co.uk