Eurostar boosted by St Pancras and ticket boom

Eurostar ticket sales have surged by 20 percent since the high-speed train service moved from Waterloo to St Pancras, the cross channel link also saw a record number of passengers in 2007.  The company carried 8.26 million passengers last year, a 5.1 percent increase on 2006. Ticket sales raised £599 million last year, which was a 15.5 percent rise on the year before.

“We expect to see this growth continue throughout 2008,” said Eurostar Chief Executive Richard Brown said in a statement.

Since St Pancras opened on November 14, Eurostar saw an 11 percent increase in passengers to the end of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006. Ticket sales for the comparative periods were 20 percent up in 2007.

The 2007 rugby World Cup in France boosted traffic and Eurostar’s move from Waterloo to its new base in St Pancras International station also boosted sales.

Business ticket sales also rose last year by 11.9 percent. Growth was also seen in international markets.