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Euro express trains crash through 9 million passenger barrier

PUBLISHED: 10:08 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

THE Eurostar fast rail link which is soon to add East London to its service has notched up a record nine million passengers. It carried 9,100,000 passengers to and from the Continent in its first full year of operating from its new terminal at St Pancras opened in November, 2007, the operators revealed today (Tuesday)

THE Eurostar fast rail link which is soon to add East London to its service has notched up a record nine million passengers.

It carried 9,100,000 passengers to and from the Continent in its first full year of operating from its new terminal at St Pancras opened in November, 2007, the operators revealed today (Tuesday).

This compares with 8,260,000 the previous year when the cross-Channel rail service operated from Waterloo.

Ticket sales reached a record £664 million, almost 11 per cent more than the year before.

The boom in travel competing against the airlines in the face of a major setback following a fire on board a freight shuttle in September, which closed part of the Channel tunnel and is still causing reductions in services and longer journey times.

Passenger bookings were affected by the Channel tunnel fire after September—but the economic downturn had little impact on the year as a whole, says the company.

Operators expect to return to a full timetable in the early spring with journey times restored to just under two hours to Brussels and two-and-a-quarter hours to Paris, once repairs are completed to the tunnel.

The newest Euro station is due to open at Stratford International in East London by the end of the year. Construction is already complete, with a contract to fit out the departure lounge awarded just this week.

The station will also be used for the Javelin’ shuttle ferrying spectators, journalists and Games officials when the 2012 Olympics are staged at Stratford.


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