Eurostar puts on extra services over the bank holiday weekend

25 May 2011

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK and mainland Europe, has announced it will be running additional services between London and Paris on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May, to meet increased demand resulting from the ash cloud disruption.

To help bank holiday passengers get away, Eurostar is organising one extra train on Friday and one extra train on Saturday from London St Pancras to Paris Gare Du Nord and back. All 750 seats on each service are now available to book in Standard class, with catering available onboard from the buffet bar.

The extra services are:

Friday 27th May :
9016: London St Pancras 10:01 - Paris Gare Du Nord 13:17

9037: Paris Gare Du Nord 14:43 - London St Pancras 15:59

Saturday 28th May :
9016: London St Pancras 10:01 - Paris Gare Du Nord 13:17

9037: Paris Gare Du Nord 14:43 - London St Pancras 15:59

Mary Walsh, Director of Communications for Eurostar, said: "Our services are always busy over bank holiday weekends, but we have seen a spike in demand over the next few days following the ash cloud disruption. We continue to monitor the situation and if the demand for tickets grows further we are in a position to lay on more additional services."

During the ash cloud disruption in 2010, Eurostar ran over 60 extra services and carried more than 500,000 passengers, 100,000 more than were originally booked to travel.

Given the high level of demand, seats on these additional Eurostar services are expected to sell quickly, so customers are advised to go to or call 03448 224 777 to check availability and make their booking.

Note to editors:

About Eurostar

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 was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.

3. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.

4. 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.

5. 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.

For more information contact:

Eurostar Press Office
t:0044 (0)20 7843 5500