Eurostar lays on valentine’s day love trains
23 Jan 2009
High-speed dating – at high speed...
...and passionate for rugby in Paris
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service that marries Britain and France, will this Valentine's Day be running extra Love Trains between London and Paris – enabling travellers to find romance on board and in two of Europe's most enchanting cities.
Over 15 years Eurostar's smooth, seamless service has given rise to many Anglo-French relationships. Now it's offering the fastest ever route to cross-Channel romance, with a high-speed dating service for London students. At speeds of up to 186mph, it's hoped passions will ignite and love will blossom.
If that were not enough, the Love Trains will also be inflaming passions of a very different kind – enabling Scottish rugby fans to travel to the Six Nations Rugby match against France, at the Stade de France in Paris.
Eurostar's laid on the Love Trains thanks to high demand and the expected completion of Channel Tunnel repairs on 10 February. This has enabled the insertion of extra services into the timetable before the reintroduction of a full Eurostar service from Monday 23rd February.
Eurostar's Communications Director, Simon Montague, said: "No recession can quell passion, whether it's for cross-Channel romance or rugby union. A trip on Eurostar offers great pleasure and good value, and we're hoping to spark new relationships between Britain and France, both on and off the field.
"It will be an eclectic mix of passengers on the Love Trains – and whether it's a passion for a fellow passenger or the game ahead, we expect the atmosphere on board to highly charged."
"Since the advent of Eurostar, there has arisen a new generation of relationships between the British and French that has come about because of the ease of keeping in touch. High-speed rail lets love blossom and this Valentine's Day will see Britain and France coming even closer."
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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. 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.
3. 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 (from 23 February) 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 from December 2009.
4. 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.
5. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are working together in the UK on Eurostar's Tread Lightly initiative and The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth's climate campaign. To find out more about Friends of the Earth visit www.friendsoftheearth.co.uk.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org