Eurostar has reverted to a full timetable following the fire last September, which forced the closure of the North Tunnel.
The high-speed passenger service is now running more frequent services and faster non-stop journeys than ever, including 19 trains per day from London to Paris and up to 10 per day to Brussels. This equates to up to a million extra seats from 23 February to the end of the year.Journey times will also return to 1h 51 to Brussels and 2h 15 to Paris, and with first trains arriving before 09h00.
In addition, there are business-focused departures from Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International stations in Kent, and a new direct Ashford - Brussels service that is also timetabled for business travel.
Richard Brown, Chief Executive, Eurostar said, “Emerging booking trends indicate business day trips are again on the increase - they were up 30% in the first half of 2008 and although we do not anticipate immediate recovery to this level, it is encouraging to see positive movement in the right direction.
“Research is telling us that in tough times, customers want pricing transparency and value for money from travel operators. They don’t want hidden extras or a reduction in service frequency.”
Eurostar said the first week after full capacity was restored on 10 February saw over 95.8% punctuality. Its punctuality for 2008 was 92.4%, against an average of 65.4% for the airlines operating on its routes, according to Civil Aviation Authority data.