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Eurostar takes a strain as Icelandic volcano strands Brits abroad

PUBLISHED: 19:00 19 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 05 October 2010

EUROSTAR is running extra trains and reducing its one-way fares to help stranded Brits hit by the Icelandic volcanic ash to get home. The channel rail service is making all 30,000 available standard class seats at £89 price one-way from tomorrow (Tues) till Sunday

By Mike Brooke

EUROSTAR is running extra trains and reducing its one-way fares to help stranded Brits hit by the Icelandic volcanic ash to get home.

The channel rail service linking the UK to the Continent is making all 30,000 available standard class seats at a special £89 price one-way from tomorrow (Tues) till Sunday.

Nearly 400 trains are running to the continent from St Pancras over the next seven days.

"We are doing everything we can to help as many passengers as possible at this difficult time," said Eurostar chief Nicolas Petrovic. "The current situation looks set to continue for the coming days, so we're putting on extra trains and making 30,000 seats available at a special price.

"People are stranded across Europe and we want to do all we can to get people where they need to be."

Flights in British air space have been grounded since last Thursday as a result of the ash cloud caused by an erupting volcano.

Eurostar has put on 33 additional trains and has carried 165,000 passengers, a third more than were scheduled to travel during this period.

Passengers over the last four days have been connecting with Eurostar services from destinations across Europe, from Germany, Spain, Italy and even as far as Greece.

www.eurostar.com Eurostar is taking online bookings after a flood of inquiries from passengers trying to get back home.

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