Eurostar Reports Increase in H1 Sales and Passenger Numbers

By Eurostar, PRNE
Thursday, August 5, 2010

LONDON, August 6, 2010 - Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe,
has reported a 6% rise in passenger numbers and an 18% increase in revenue
during the first six months of 2010. This growth is due in part to the impact
of the ash cloud disruption* but also reflects a strengthening of the
business market and an underlying increase in both business and leisure
travellers during the period.

Over the last six months there has been a notable increase in the number
of passengers choosing Eurostar ( and high speed
rail as an alternative to short haul air travel in Europe. Shorter journey
times to the South of France, Germany and the Netherlands** are prompting
customers to take advantage of the ease and comfort of city centre to city
centre travel.

The number of international passengers is also on the increase as
visitors from the US and Australia in particular see travelling by Eurostar
as an integral part of their European tour. June reported a very strong
performance in international sales revenues which were up 24% in comparison
to the same period last year.

To meet the increase in demand for its services over the summer, Eurostar
has announced that during August it will put on 20 extra trains - four each
weekend - to and from Paris with every seat available at a special price of
GBP69 return.

Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said:"Over the last six
months, we have delivered strong growth in both business and leisure
bookings. As the economic environment has strengthened we have seen uplift in
the business market and an overall increase in the number of passengers

"Whilst our core routes continue to be busy more and more people are
opting to travel further afield and explore new destinations by train.
Forward bookings are looking strong and with the increasing appetite for high
speed rail travel in Europe, the trend looks set to continue."

Notes to Editors:

*During the ash cloud disruption Eurostar put on 70 extra trains and
carried 100,000 more passengers than were scheduled to travel at that time.

** Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras
International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris,
Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Paris
Avignon and the French Alps.

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About Eurostar:

Eurostar is the high-speed rail service directly linking the UK to France
and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel. The fastest London-Paris Eurostar journey
time is 2 hours 15 minutes, London-Brussels 1 hours 51 minutes and
London-Lille just 1 hour 20 minutes.

Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's
leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book
and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.

Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar
operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle
shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's
biggest customer.

    PR contact:
    Richard Holligan
    Senior Press Officer
    Eurostar Press Office
    Times House
    Regent Quarter
    Bravingtons Walk
    N1 9AW

PR contact: Richard Holligan, Senior Press Officer, Eurostar Press Office, Times House,
Regent Quarter, Bravingtons Walk, London, N1 9AW, 0044-(0)20-7843-5500

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