Eurostar have a battle of wits
Eurostar, the high-speed train linking mainland Europe and the United Kingdom, reported good performance in 2017, supported by an increase in business travel and an increase in the number of passengers from the United States. .
Turnover in 2017 was up 11% (£880 million in 2017 versus £794 million in 2016) and passenger volumes were up by 3% (£10.3 million in 2017 versus £10 million in 2016). Eurostar reports an unaudited operating profit of £57.6 million in 2017.
Traffic from the American market is expected to continue in 2018 thanks to the Royal Wedding in the UK in May and the Ryder Cup in Paris in September.
The business travel segment also increased by 8% over 2016, with business travellers increasingly preferring the speed, ease and convenience of high-speed rail over air travel.
Launch of the new direct route between London and Amsterdam on 4 April
The first commercial service from London St Pancras to Amsterdam will take place on Wednesday 4 April, after an inaugural trip on 20 February.
With a journey time of only 3 hours 41 minutes between London and Amsterdam and 3 hours between London and Rotterdam, the new Eurostar link will transform connectivity between these important European cities.