EUROSTAR the cross-channel train operator has reported record passenger numbers for the first three months of 2004.
The service carried just over 1.6 million passengers through the Channel Tunnel, an increase of 19% on the same period last year, when 1.35 million passengers travelled.
Eurostar's market share of passengers who travelled also rose substantially.
On the London-Paris route, Eurostar had a February market share of 66%, against 58% for the same period last year.
On the London-Brussels route, they achieved a market share in February of 52%, versus 38% for the same period in 2003.
Eurostar say the boost in passengers has been due to the opening of the UK high-speed line, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and improved ticketing.
Paul Charles, Eurostar director of communications, said: "Comfortable high-speed rail is a much less stressful way to travel between London, Paris and Brussels.
“Flying is now only for the birds it seems.”
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