Eurostar passenger numbers rise
26 January 2009 11:55
Record numbers of people hopped aboard the Eurostar to take trips to continental Europe last year, it has been revealed.
According to figures released by the train operator, 8.26 million people used the service in 2007, a 5.1 per cent increase on the previous year.
Richard Brown, chief executive of the company, said: "We expect to see this growth continue throughout 2008 as the impact of the new through fares from across the UK drives growth in the number of travellers using Eurostar from towns and cities north and south of London."
Journey times to the continent have been slashed since the opening of the new High Speed One line, which allows passengers to arrive in the centre of Paris just two hours and 15 minutes after setting off from London.
Travelling by Eurostar has also been made more convenient for those living outside of London after the company moved its operation from its former south-London base at Waterloo station to a refurbished St Pancras station in order to take advantage of the extensive rail links already in place in north London.
However, it is still essential that passengers ensure they take out travel insurance to protect them if their trip goes awry.