Eurostar see's 22% rise in travellers to Amsterdam

2 Jul 2009

-- Growing popularity of connecting rail journeys via Brussels
-- New Brussels-Amsterdam high-speed service unveiled today
Eurostar, the high-speed provider of carbon neutral rail journeys between the UK and continental Europe, today reports a 22% rise in travellers between London and Amsterdam via Brussels.
The growth in rail travel between two of Europe's most exciting cities comes as Dutch and Belgian Railways today (7 July) unveiled the new high-speed service that will operate between Brussels and Amsterdam from next year.
The Fyra high-speed trains will connect with Eurostar services at Brussels-Midi and call at Antwerp, Rotterdam and Schiphol en route to Amsterdam.
Simon Montague, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: "Travellers are now discovering the advantages of high-speed rail for longer journeys across Europe. By making one simple connection they can avoid all the hassles of flying and enjoy journeys from city centre to city centre that are just as fast overall – and a lot more convenient."
Eurostar expects that the 22% growth in travellers to Amsterdam that has occurred since the Channel Tunnel fully re-opened in February will be further boosted in a year's time by the phased introduction of Fyra services and a significant reduction in journey times from the current overall time of just over five hours.
Eurostar has also seen a 34% increase in traveller numbers from Dutch cities such as Amsterdam to London, compared with last year.
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Notes to Editors
1 Eurostar operates up to 19 trains a day to Paris in 2h15 non-stop and 10 trains a day to Brussels in as little as 1h51. It also servces Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International in Kent, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Leisure Select return fares start from just £119 from London, with excellent value, connecting fares from over 140 towns and cities across Britain to more than 100 destinations in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
3. 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.
4. Under its Tread Lightly environmental plan, Eurostar is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% per traveller journey by 2012, compared with 2007.
5. Eurostar is the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral, at no extra cost to travellers.
6. Research commissioned by Eurostar shows that based on actual passenger numbers and specific energy data, a Eurostar journey generates just one-tenth of the carbon dioxide emissions of an equivalent flight.
7. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are working together in the UK on Eurostar's Tread Lightly initiative and Friends of the Earth's climate change campaign. To find out more about Friends of the Earth visit www.friendsoftheearth.co.uk.
8. Eurostar is an entirely separate company from Eurotunnel. 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 tickets or for more travel information, please www.eurostar.com or call 08705 186 186.
For more information:Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7843 5500press.office@eurostar.co.uk