Eurostar's August Bank Holiday weekend getaway - over 140,000 travellers

21 Aug 2009

-- EUROSTAR'S 100 MILLIONTH TRAVELLER WILL DEPART LONDON ON FRIDAY 28 AUGUST – ON THE 09H00 TO PARIS-- A "Eurostar Generation" has been established
Eurostar, the high-speed provider of carbon neutral journeys between the UK and the continent, will be carrying over 140,000 travellers this August Bank Holiday weekend. One of the passengers will be the lucky 100 millionth Eurostar traveller who will journey on the 09h00 service from St Pancras International to Paris (via Lille) on Friday 28 August.
Eurostar's Chief Executive, Richard Brown commented: "It promises to be a cracking Bank Holiday weekend and by reaching the 100 millionth traveller milestone we have created a "Eurostar Generation" of people who have changed their lives because of our service. Now, around 80% of the air-rail market travel by Eurostar on the London – Paris / Brussels routes."
The 100 millionth traveller will win unlimited personal Eurostar travel for a year as well as enjoying a special celebratory event at St Pancras International and a unique experience onboard Eurostar. Other travellers on the 09h00 from London will also receive a gift.
EUROSTAR PRESS PHOTOCALL NOTICE
What: The 100 millionth traveller on Eurostar since services began on 14 November 1994 – one of the travellers on the great August Bank Holiday getaway. Eurostar's Chief Executive, Richard Brown, is available for interview.
When: Friday 28 August at 07h45 for 08h00 (100 millionth traveller train departs at 09h00)
Where: Report to the Eurostar Group Welcome Desk, opposite check-in at St Pancras International station. Media will need to pre-register with the Eurostar Press Office on Tel: ++ 44 (0) 20 7843 5500 or on press.office@eurostar.co.uk.
Media will need to have passports for ID purposes.
TV crews please note boom microphones are not permitted on the platforms at St Pancras International
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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. Travellers can buy connecting fares to the Continent from more than 200 stations across the UK. Return ticket prices range from £63, including Brighton from £71 and Edinburgh from £92. Eurostar's lead-in fare of £59 return from London to Paris/Brussels has gone unchanged for six years. To book tickets or for more information, please visit www.eurostar.com or call 08705 186 186.
3. Under its Tread Lightly environmental plan, Eurostar has set a target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 35% per traveller journey by 2012. Because emissions cannot yet be eliminated, Eurostar is also the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral, at no extra cost to travellers. Research commissioned by Eurostar has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris/Brussels generates just one-tenth of the carbon dioxide of an equivalent flight.
4. 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 campaign. To find out more about Friends of the Earth visit www.friendsoftheearth.co.uk.
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 businesses. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.
7. To book tickets or for more travel information, please visit www.eurostar.com or call 08705 186 186.
For more information contact:
Eurostar Press OfficeEurostart: 0044 (0)20 7843 5500e: press.office@eurostar.co.uk