Great spring getaway - 200,000 travellers on Eurostar over Easter weekend

6 Apr 2009

-- Eurostar services unaffected by engineering works-- Eurostar's Travel Report concludes more people intend to holiday in 2009 despite the recession
Eurostar, the international high-speed passenger train operator which links the UK with the continent, will have up to 200,000 passengers travelling and enjoying the great Easter getaway from Thursday 9 April to Tuesday 14 April.
Eurostar is busy in both directions with UK residents wanting to enjoy the spring weather at destinations in France, Belgium, Germany and Holland. The strong euro against the pound is also attracting many thousands of visitors to London where they can get great deals in hotels and restaurants as well as the opportunity to snap up bargains in the shops.
The high volumes travelling over Easter further demonstrate the findings of Eurostar's Travel Report issued today (6 April), which concludes that the economic recession has increased the demand for travel as people closely examine their budgets and reprioritise their spending. Indeed, more people plan to go on holiday* this year – 68% of adults in 2009 vs 65% in 2008.
Eurostar services are unaffected by engineering works over the Easter weekend.
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*holidays were classified as a stay of at least five nights, excluding visits to family
Download the full Travel Nation Report issued 6 April.
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 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.
3. A return fare from London to Paris/Brussels costs from just £59. Travellers can also buy through fares to the Continent from 150 towns and cities across the UK, from only £71 return from Brighton to just £92 return from Edinburgh.
4. Eurostar has two intermediate stations in Kent, serving south east England:
- Ebbsfleet International close to junction 2 of the M25 and Bluewater shopping centre, with frequent services to Brussels and Paris, and with car parking, taxi and Avis car hire facilities.- Ashford International, with daily services to Paris, Disneyland Resort Paris, Brussels and Lille, and seasonal trains to the French Alps and Avignon.
Eurostar ticket holders can make connecting journeys to either Kent station for free from anywhere on the Southeastern trains network. They will also be able to connect with Southeastern's high-speed domestic services, which are due to begin this year.
5. Under its Tread Lightly environmental plan, Eurostar has set a target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 25% 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 one-tenth of the carbon dioxide of an equivalent flight.
6. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are working together in the UK on Eurostar's Tread Lightly initiative. 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. To book tickets or for more travel information, please visit 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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