Eurostar contributes to rail renaissance as UK domestic passenger numbers hit highest level since 1920s
Thursday 3, February 2011
Eurostar, the high-speed rail passenger service which links the UK to mainland Europe today welcomed the news from the Association of Train Operator Companies that Britain’s railways are busier than they have been since the 1920s.
ATOC, of which Eurostar is a member, also announced that in the past 30 years train passenger numbers have doubled and are up 37 per cent since 2000.
Every year, more and more passengers across the UK experience the ease and convenience of international high speed rail travel, using Eurostar as their gateway to Europe. Eurostar has had a profound impact on travellers’ journeys between the UK and the continent and has been a key player in the ‘rail renaissance’.
Following are some key facts from Eurostar’s 16 year history.
Eurostar has been instrumental in transforming travel between London, Paris and Brussels and to date, has carried more than 103 million passengers and 9.5 million in 2010 alone.
Research commissioned by Eurostar demonstrated that 97% of respondents believe that Eurostar has brought the UK closer to France and Belgium and 87% are of the view that our lives have been significantly enriched by the social and cultural exchange that Eurostar provides
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%.
With connecting services Eurostar has links from over 100 destinations across the UK to over a 150 destinations in Europe.
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