Eurostar Reaches Record Traveler Numbers Thanks to Boost From UK's First High Speed Line



    
    - Record 9.1 million travellers carried in 2008 - an increase of 10.3%

    - Ticket sales are up 10.9%

    - Faster journeys, better connections and environmental concern drive
demand

    
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurostar, the high-speed
passenger train service that connects London to Paris and Brussels, achieved
record numbers and ticket sales in 2008 following the first full year of
operations on the High Speed 1 dedicated high speed track.
    

    
    Passenger numbers broke the nine million mark for the first time with 9.1
million travellers -- an increase of 10.3% from 8.26 million in the previous
year.  Ticket sales also reached a record level, rising by 10.9% over 2007.
    

    
    All Eurostar bookings made in the US through Rail Europe on
www.raileurope.com now generate a simple e-ticket code which travelers can use
to collect their tickets from one of the e-ticket machines at Eurostar
stations. This enables business travelers from the USA to enjoy a check-in
time of just ten minutes and allows leisure travellers the convenience of a 30
minute check-in time.
    

    
    Eurostar continues to achieve high levels of punctuality with 92.4% of
trains arriving on time or early in 2008.  This compares favourably with the
latest available UK arrival/departure punctuality figures for airlines
competing on Eurostar routes between London and Paris which is just 65.4% (Jan
- Nov 2008)
    

    
    Rail Europe and Eurostar believe that while the short-term outlook for
2009 is challenging, the long-term prospects for high-speed rail are good.
Eurostar's record numbers demonstrate that travelers prefer high-speed rail
and continue to switch over from short haul air travel because rail journeys
are more punctual, more convenient, and have less environmental impact.
    




    




For further information:

For further information: Samina Sabir, Public Relations Manager of Rail
Europe, +1-914-989-3385, pr@raileurope.com Web Site:
http://www.raileurope.com

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