Eurostar adds 11th daily London-Brussels service to meet fast growing demand
31 Jul 2008
--11th daily service launches 14 December 2008--7,500 extra seats available each week
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train operator linking the UK and Continental Europe, today (31 July 2008) announced that it is adding an eleventh daily service (Monday to Friday) in each direction on the London-Brussels route from 14 December 2008.
The extra service is being introduced to meet fast growing demand from travellers. Passenger numbers on the London-Brussels route have increased by 30% since the launch of Eurostar services on High Speed 1 in November 2007 - when the fastest London-Brussels journey time fell to just 1 hour 51 minutes.
The additional service will leave London at 11.04 and arrive in Brussels at 14.03; the Brussels departure will be at 12.59 arriving in London at 14.03 (times are subject to Network Rail confirmation). The extra service will deliver 7,500 seats each week on the London-Brussels-London route with tickets for travel going on sale from 16 August 2008.
The introduction of an eleventh daily London-Brussels service means that Eurostar has also been able to re-introduce a direct Ashford-Brussels service from 14 December 2008 (see Notes to Editors for specific timings of this service).
Simon Montague, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: "We are delighted at the very strong increase in traveller numbers on the London-Brussels route. The eleventh daily London-Brussels service will give travellers more options when planning a trip to the Belgian capital or a connecting journey to a destination elsewhere in Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany."
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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. From December, Ashford International will offer three services a day to Paris, a direct and a connecting service to Brussels, a daily train to Disneyland Resort Paris, and seasonal weekly services to the French Alps and Avignon. The station has ample parking and connects with domestic rail services.
3. Ebbsfleet International offers seven trains a day to Paris and five a day to Brussels. It is a few minutes’ drive from junction 2 of the M25 in north Kent, close to Bluewater shopping centre and the Dartford crossing. It has ample parking, taxis and car hire, and connects with local rail stations via Fastrack buses. 4. Eurostar travellers using both Kent stations benefit from free travel on connecting Southeastern trains and Fastrack buses. From December 2009, Southeastern’s new high-speed domestic services will connect with Eurostar at Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International. 5. Eurostar is proud to be the world’s first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral, at no extra cost to travellers. 6. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Brussels / Paris generates one-tenth of the carbon dioxide produced by an equivalent flight. Under its Tread Lightly environmental initiative, Eurostar has set a target of further reducing CO2 emissions by 25% per traveller journey by 2012. 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 tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent. For more information:Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7843 firstname.lastname@example.org