01/18/2011 AT 05:14
During the year the business market has performed well reflecting the bounce-back in business activity first reported in the second quarter. This increase underlines growing recognition among business travellers of the ease, speed and comfort of high speed rail travel, and the value of productive working time whilst in transit.
The number of passengers travelling on Eurostar in 2010 rose to 9.5 million compared with 9.2 million during 2009, an increase of over 3%. The growth is due to the increasing number of people opting for high speed rail for short haul European travel and choosing to travel beyond Paris and Brussels to destinations in Holland, Germany and the South of France.
“We have reported a strong performance in 2010 with growth in both sales revenues and passenger numbers. The turnaround in the business market continued in the second half of the year. We are also starting to see a real shift in behaviour as customers are increasingly keen to explore new destinations by high speed rail.”
On September 1st 2010, Eurostar achieved its ambition of transforming its business from a partnership between three railways – SNCF, LCR and SNCB – to a single, unified corporate entity. This new structure puts Eurostar in a strong position to compete in an open-access world of on-rail competition.
At the same time, Eurostar also announced a major capital investment of £700m in its fleet. This programme of investment which begins in 2011 includes the complete overhaul and redesign of its existing fleet as well as the purchase of 10 new trains. The new Eurostar e320 trains will be equipped to travel direct to a range of city centre destinations beyond Eurostar's main routes of London-Paris and London-Brussels.
Nicolas Petrovic added: “This is an exciting time for our passengers and our industry. With the expansion of new routes and services we are witnessing a real renaissance in rail travel. The combination of shorter journey times and environmental concerns are prompting more and more customers to choose high speed rail over plane. As the key link between the UK and the continent we see considerable potential for growth and expansion in an open-access world.”
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service linking the UK with France and Belgium, saw record sales and traveler numbers in 2006, as it attracted thousands of passengers from the airlines.
Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, today announced the sale of more than 80,000 tickets at the guaranteed price of £89 return to either Cologne or Amsterdam.
Eurostar International Limited, the high-speed passenger train operator between the UK and mainland Europe, has today announced its plans for a £700 million capital investment in its fleet.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announces that Eurostar has become a tier 3 sponsor of London 2012, the 30th domestic sponsor.
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK and mainland Europe, announced its annual figures for the year ended 31 December 2009.
On 13th December, Govia, the joint venture between Keolis and the Go-Ahead Group, launched the full high speed rail service, running between London and the county of Kent.
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service which links the UK and the continent, celebrated 15 years of service, over 100 million travellers and the equivalent mileage of 338 trips to the moon with a multi-media advertising campaign which was designed for maximum customer engagement.
Eurostar, the high-speed provider of carbon neutral journeys between the UK and the continent, today released new research findings on the eve of its fifteenth anniversary which reveal the impact that Eurostar has had on the UK's relationship with the continent.
Short-haul travellers who choose high-speed rail over the plane are already making huge and immediate reductions in their carbon dioxide emissions – simply by switching how they get from A to B.
Eurostar, the high-speed provider of carbon neutral journeys between the UK and the continent, today its 100 millionth traveller, David Kemp (aged 35) from Highgate in London. He was accompanied by his French wife Stéphanie and daughter, Mia (aged 2).