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Eurostar Celebrates ‘Huge’ Passenger Growth
Eurostar says it has seen a huge increase in the number of passengers during its first year of operations at St Pancras International station.

Passenger numbers are up by 100 per cent or more in many northern regions of England since the rail service made the move to its new London base.

The company suggests one reason for the trend is that people who live in the regions are now able to take advantage of easier connections for their journeys into mainland Europe.

“We’re delighted to see this growth, which is strong evidence that high-speed rail can provide a new alternative for short-haul journeys within the UK and for travel to mainland Europe,” says Eurostar chief executive Richard Brown.

During the first nine months of this year, Eurostar states it carried a total of seven million travellers – a 13.9 per cent increase on the same period in 2007.

Eurostar has just announced it is to combine its sales and marketing functions.

The company has appointed Emma Harris into the role of sales and marketing director (UK and international) with effect from November 17th.

Filed under: International High Speed Rail, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

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