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More than 200 British cities to mainland Europe

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08/28/2009 AT 07:04

Eurostar outlined its plans the day after the Government announced an investment programme in high-speed rail to help meet its targets to cut carbon emissions.

South West Trains today becomes the latest train operator with which Eurostar is to introduce a joint ticketing deal, with fares from just £63 return and no airline-style extra charges for check-in, baggage or seat reservations. Examples of city centre to city centre journey times include Basingstoke to Paris in 4h12, Southampton to Brussels in 4h33, and Woking to Paris in 3h58.

Partnerships with further train operators are expected to take the number of stations offering connecting high-speed fares to more than 300 later this summer.

Travellers from as far afield as Aberdeen, Bangor and Penzance can now buy connecting fares for journeys through to Paris, Brussels and beyond. Eurostar has seen particularly significant growth in travellers from the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East since it moved from Waterloo to St Pancras International in November 2007.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said: "High-speed rail is capturing the public imagination as the new alternative to short-haul air for journeys across Europe."

"More than 200 British cities are now connected to Europe's high-speed rail network, and with one booking you can travel from almost anywhere in Britain to hundreds of destinations on the other side of the Channel."

“We look forward to the launch next year of high-speed rail services between Brussels and Amsterdam, which will put a range of Dutch cities within three to four hours of London.”

Friends of the Earth's Campaigner Richard Dyer said: "High-speed rail can provide a viable low-carbon alternative to short-haul flights." "We're pleased Eurostar is making it even easier for passengers from across the UK to book tickets to continental destinations.”

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Eurostar delivers strong leisure sales

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Big increases in travellers from Germany

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Eurostar introduces single fares from just £35

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Train punctuality reaches all time record high

Over 1.2bn passengers last year (April 2008 to March 2009) enjoyed the best train punctuality ever recorded on Britain's railways as 90.6% of train services arrived on time². The highest since records began almost 20 years ago (1992).

Eurostar's new "Leisure Select"

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service that links the UK with the continent, today unveiled a new look and feel for the onboard branding of “Leisure Select” - its first class accommodation for leisure travellers.

Eurostar sales hit £168.1 million in Q1

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Eurostar appoints Pininfarina for a refurbishment

Eurostar, the high-speed rail passenger service that links Britain and mainland Europe, today announced that it has awarded the design contract for the interior refurbishment of its fleet to the Italian design consultancy Pininfarina.

200,000 travellers on Eurostar over Easter weekend

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95% punctuality since full timetable

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