7 February 2019

Eurostar sees a Six Nations surge

10% increase in visitors to London for France versus England clash
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, is set to welcome thousands of French rugby fans this weekend as they travel to see France take on England in the Six Nations rugby tournament.
Over 10,000 travellers are expected to travel from Paris to London on the day of the game, over 10% more than the equivalent day last year.* France will play England at 15:00 on Sunday 10th February at London’s Twickenham Stadium.
Mary Walsh, Director of Communications, Eurostar said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming fans as they travel to London to watch the game. With fast journey times, more space on board and a choice of five departures that will arrive in time for kick off, it’s easy for French fans to enjoy an effortless journey to tournament.”
With quick and convenient check-in up to 30 minutes before departure, a seamless city-centre to city-centre journey, a generous baggage allowance with no weight restrictions and free wi-fi and on board entertainment, Eurostar is the ideal way to travel.
For more information or to book Eurostar tickets visit www.eurostar.com or call the Eurostar contact centre on 08432 186 186.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office 
020 7843 5500
Notes to editors
*Sunday 10th February 2019 compared to Sunday 11th February 2018
  1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon, the French Alps, Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
  2. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph.  Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 150 million passengers between London and the Continent.  Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet. The new e320 will carry around 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
  3. Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR. LCR’s holding was transferred to the Treasury in 2014, and sold by the UK government to a consortium comprising Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure on 28th May 2015.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.