Eurostar Reports a Bumper Bank Holiday

31 May 2011

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service between the UK and mainland Europe has carried 5%1 more passengers over the May bank holiday weekend, compared to the same weekend last year.

Over 180,000 people from across the UK and Europe travelled on Eurostar over the weekend for a late spring break. A combination of increased demand from the early ash cloud disruption and a high volume of bookings for the bank holiday made this a bumper weekend for Eurostar.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar said: "This has been our busiest May bank holiday weekend for several years. Bank holiday weekends are typically exceptionally busy, but with added concern about the ash cloud disruption we needed to schedule extra services on Friday and Saturday to meet the demand."

"Over recent months we've seen more people booking short breaks in Europe and with passenger numbers looking strong for the June bank holidays in France and Belgium, we're expecting an influx of passengers into the UK as well."

With convenient connections and fast journey times, it's easy to travel between London and the continent with Eurostar. Journey times between London and Bruges are just over three hours, London and Amsterdam and London and Cologne are just over four hours and between London and Marseille just over six hours.

For more information, to book Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers visit or call 03448 224 777.

Note 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. 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.

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Eurostar Press Office
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