High-speed summer: Eurostar sees record passenger numbers in July

1 Aug 2008

--Traveller numbers up 16.8% to a record 923,000
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train operator connecting the UK and mainland Europe, today (1 August 2008) announced it carried a record number of passengers in July 2008.
Over 900,000 travellers used Eurostar services during July – an increase of 16.8% on the same month the previous year.
Yesterday, Eurostar announced it was adding an 11th daily London-Brussels service, from December 2008, to meet fast growing demand. Passenger numbers on the London-Brussels route have increased by 30% since the launch of Eurostar services on High Speed 1 in November 2007.
Simon Montague, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: "We are delighted to break another Eurostar record by carrying an all-time monthly high of passengers.
"Eurostar is now attracting new travellers from across the UK and also crucially persuading even habitual flyers to switch from plane to train for their holidays and business trips."
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.
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