Press releases from 2005

    • From 14 December Eurostar services can be booked 4 months / 120 days in advance

    • Booking for TGV trains has also been extended from 60 to 90 days

    Eurostar, the high-speed service which links the UK with France and Belgium today announced that travellers can now book up to 4 months, or 120 days, before travel, instead of the 3-month limit previously in place.

    The changes will significantly benefit leisure travellers who want to be able to book key holiday periods and need the reassurance of having confirmed bookings well in advance.

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    • High demand at Christmas leads to six extra services

    • No Eurostar services on Christmas Day

    • Direct ski services from London/Ashford to the French Alps commence on 23 and 24 December

    Eurostar the high-speed passenger train which links the UK with France and Belgium will not be operating on Christmas Day and, like previous years, will be finishing services earlier on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

    With bumper demand around Christmas there will be an extra six extra services, providing 4,500 seats, added to the timetable on the London – Paris route...

  • Richard Brown, Chief Executive of Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK with France and Belgium, will today call for the building of a north-south UK high-speed line.

    Speaking in Glasgow, at a conference organised by The Railway Forum and the Scottish Association for Public Transport, Richard Brown will make the case for high-speed rail as an environmentally friendly form of transport, which also has the power to deliver regeneration by driving economic growth and development.

    In his speech, Richard Brown will argue that a new high-speed line would link...

  • Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK, France and Belgium, today announced that it had appointed Jason Geall as its new Head of UK Business Sales and Michael Davies as its new Head of International Sales.

    Before joining Eurostar, Jason Geall spent six years at where he was the National Sales Manager. Prior to this he spent five years in retail management with Sears and the Kingfisher Group. Jason will be responsible for all UK business ticket revenue, including the management of Eurostar's London-based...

  • Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK, France and Belgium, today announced that it has appointed Niul Dillon Hatcher as its new Director of Legal and Corporate Services.

    Niul Dillon Hatcher qualified as a solicitor in 1989 with Clifford Chance and, before joining Eurostar, he was General Counsel for CrestCo Limited (which provides the settlement mechanism to the LSE) where he was responsible for all legal and regulatory matters. Previously, he was in-house at Coutts Group, the international banking company, and, before that, was General Counsel to the CLS Bank....

    • Fares to any Belgian Station from just £59 return

    • Brussels is closer to London than Paris

    Did you know there is no other country in Europe with as many street and music festivals all year round as Belgium?

    Eurostar today, firmly kicked into touch any "Belgium is boring" critique as it launched Europe's "best kept secret" a unique interactive micro-site which celebrates just some of what this special country has to offer!

    The new site provides great tips and insider...

  • Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK, France and Belgium, has won one of the travel industry's most prestigious awards – landing the title of 'World's Leading Rail Service' at the 2005 World Travel Awards.

    The World Travel Awards, now in their twelfth year, celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in the global travel and tourism industry. The award winners are chosen by an online vote and this year 176,000 travel industry professionals – including 110,000 travel agents - from over 200 countries around the world cast their votes to select the winners....

    • New interactive website live on

    • 4,500 extra seats to meet demand over February half-term holiday

    • Celebrate the New Year on the overnight service from the Alps

    • Winner of "Best Snowsport Transportation" Snow Awards 2005

    Eurostar the fast passenger train operator which links the UK with France and Belgium, has launched a new interactive micro-site for ski aficionados who want to check out what's happening in the resorts -

    • Partnership is first in European high-speed rail sector

    • Will deliver major long-term benefits for travellers

    • May be extended to other high-speed carriers

    European high-speed train operators, Eurostar and Thalys, have signed an important new partnership agreement that will deliver long-lasting benefits to international leisure and business travellers.

    The partnership is the first under the umbrella of the "RailTeam" initiative, which aims to bring together European high-speed rail operators so they can share best-practice in the rail industry....

    • Traveller numbers up 4.3 percent in first 9 months of 2005

    • Sales revenues up 10 percent during same period

    • London-Brussels market share up 30 percent in last two years

    • Business travellers continue to switch from short-haul airlines

    Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK with France and Belgium, says a resilient business market helped it to recover from a challenging summer period, where overseas leisure travellers were briefly put off from visiting London.

    The increase in travellers helped Eurostar to achieve a record...