The Story behind Eurostar
Eurostar is a high speed railway service connecting London with Paris and Brussels. Eurostar as we know it today began contruction in 1988. In 2009 Eurostar become a jointly owned business unified by three stakeholders SNCF (55%), SNCB (5%) and LCR (40%).
Eurostar's official opening took place in the Winter of 1994. In November 1994, Eurostar services began between Waterloo International Station in London, Gare du Nord in France and Brussels-South Railway Station in Brussels. Speeds would reach 171.5km/h between London and Paris.
The Channel Tunnel (or Chunnel) covers 50.5km of track linking Folkestone and Kent in The UK to Coquelles and Pas-de-Calais in Northern France.
On 23 September 2003 passenger services began running on the first completed section of high Speed setting a new British speed record of 334.7 km/h.
Eurostar won the Train Operator of the Year award in the HSBC Rail Awards for 2005. It was declared the Best Train Company in the joint Guardian/Observer Travel Awards 2008.
On 14 November 2007 Eurostar services in London transferred from Waterloo to the brand new St Pancras International station. The same year, Eurostar broke another record when it completed the Brussels to London journey in 1 hour, 43 minutes.
Popularity over the years
Since opening to the general public in 1994, Eurostar has definitely raised the bar for train services regarding frequency, travel times, comfort and convenience around the world. These days people think nothing of having an english breakfast in London and relaxing for a lunchtime Parisian bagette. The 2 hour and 15 minute journey
Top 3 most popular routes and travel duration
- London (St Pancras) to Paris (Gare du Nord) - 2 hours 15 minutes
- London (St Pancras) to Brussels (Midi/Zuid) - 2 hours
- London (St Pancras) to Disneyland Resort (Marne-la-Vallee/Chessy) - 3 hours
Did you know?
- Eurostar sponsored the 2012 London Olympic Games
- Train display warnings are via computer through a radio controlled system. This was installed as the human eye cannot read or process ordinary train signals at an average speed of 300km/h.
In the future
Eurostar stays focused on the future and maintains steady with its technological advances.
The British Government are in favor of a High Speed 2 concept linking London Euston to the English Midlands, North West England, Yorkshire, and potentially North East England and the Central Belt of Scotland.
Why travel with Eurostar?
Considering the hassle of wait times at an airport many travellers opt for Eurostar train travel. Its easy and simple and a quick way to travel from London to Paris and back via Brusells. With its high standards of punctuality, accessibility, safety and quality; Eurostar definitely exceeds expectations.
Eurostar offers a variety of day and night services with comfort and fares to match any budget, taking the hassle out of choosing rail travel.
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