Eurostar set for a ‘Diamond’ weekend
11 May 2012
Jubilee bank holiday boosts Eurostar traffic by 30%
Extra Eurostar services to meet demand
Eurostar has reported a 30% surge in bookings around the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend, compared with the same period last year1 and an 18% increase, compared to the Royal Wedding weekend2 in 2011.
Thousands of Brits are taking advantage of the double bank holiday to take an extended mini break, while thousands of our European cousins will visit London to enjoy the Jubilee celebrations, as royal fever spreads across the continent.
Friday 1 June, is set to be Eurostar's busiest day with over 30,000 passengers expected to travel between the UK and mainland Europe on that day alone. To meet this heightened demand Eurostar is adding 10 extra services, but with tickets selling fast travellers are encouraged to book quickly.
As tens of thousands of people are set to visit London for the Jubilee celebrations, some Brits are taking advantage of the extended bank holiday and the recent strengthening of the pound against the euro to enjoy a long weekend away. Eurostar has seen a 46% surge in bookings for people leaving the UK over the bank holiday weekend, compared to the Royal Wedding bank holiday weekend last year2, with holidays to Amsterdam, Avignon and Bruges proving popular with travellers.
Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar says: "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee will start a once in a lifetime year of celebrations for the capital, with the London 2012 Festival and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. London is the hottest destination this year and it's fantastic that so many people from across Europe are travelling with us to join both the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations. At the same time, for those Brits who want to take advantage of the Jubilee double bank holiday, there's still time to book that trip to Paris, Avignon, Lyon, Bruges and many more destinations with the extra services we're running."
The Queen opened the Channel Tunnel and Waterloo International station in 1994 as well as St Pancras International station in 2007. Her Majesty travelled with Eurostar in May 1994 and April 2004 to Paris and July 2007 to Brussels.
For more information, to book Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers visit www.eurostar.com or call 03448 224 777.
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Notes to Editors
1. Period from Friday 1 June to Wednesday 6 June 2012, compared to period from Friday 3 June to Wednesday 8 June 2011
2. Period from Friday 1 June to Wednesday 6 June 2012, compared to period from Thursday 28h April to Tuesday 3 May 2011
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:
Eurostar Press Office
020 7843 5500