Eurostar set for record August Bank Holiday getaway

21 Aug 2008

--Over 165,000 people to travel over bank holiday weekend--Increase of 8% on same period last year--Seven extra services to meet demand
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK to the Continent, today announced that over 165,000 travellers will use its services to travel over the bank holiday period (Thursday 21 August – Tuesday 25 August).
This represents an increase of 8% as more and more travellers are using the train not only to reach Paris, Brussels and Lille but also further afield to destinations such as Nice, Dijon, Bruges, Cologne and Amsterdam.
Many of these holidaymakers will be travelling from the Midlands and north of England attracted by the easy connection at St Pancras International to Eurostar services. Eurostar also offers through fares from over 130 towns and cities across the UK to the Continent and the ever growing European high-speed train network.
To meet the extra demand Eurostar has laid on seven extra services with a total of 5,250 extra seats. This is the equivalent of 35 short haul flights. The extra trains are:
Thursday 21 AugustSt Pancras International to Paris Nord leaving at 13.00 (arriving 16.17)Disneyland® Resort Paris to St Pancras International leaving at 14.40 (arriving 16.11)
Friday 22 AugustSt Pancras International to Disneyland® Resort Paris leaving at 12.49 (arriving 16.17)Paris Nord to St Pancras International leaving at 14.43 (arriving 15.59)
Saturday 23 AugustParis Nord to St Pancras International leaving at 08.43 (arriving 09.59)St Pancras International to Disneyland® Resort Paris leaving at 12.49 (arriving 16.17)
Monday 25 AugustDisneyland® Resort Paris to St Pancras International leaving at 15.40 (arriving 17.11)
Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said: "We are delighted that more and more travellers from across the UK are using Eurostar to reach the Continent. Travellers using Eurostar will enjoy a more relaxing and more reliable journey avoiding the stress associated with congested out of town airports."
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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 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 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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