All Eurostar articles

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    SNCF veteran Damas to lead Eurostar as restructuring looms

    2020-09-07T15:01:00Z

    EUROPE: On September 4 the management board of Voyages SNCF announced the selection of Jacques Damas to succeed Mike Cooper as Chief Executive of Eurostar, in which the French national operator holds a 55% majority stake. Damas is an SNCF veteran whose career with the state ...

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    Eurostar Chief Executive Mike Cooper to lead Arriva

    2020-08-21T08:19:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar Chief Executive Mike Cooper has been appointed as the next Arriva Group CEO with effect from early October, succeeding Dr Manfred Rudhart who is stepping down after almost five years. Cooper’s previous roles have included Managing Director of the direct sales business of the ...

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    Lighting improved at high speed train depot

    2020-08-05T05:00:00Z

    UK: Two maintenance tracks at Eurostar’s high speed train depot in east London have been equipped with LED lighting supplied by J Brand Ltd. This has replaced fluorescent lighting, providing a better a quality of light to help improve working conditions and staff safety. ‘The benefits ...

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    Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working

    2020-07-10T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has ...

  • The treaties signed in Brussels on July 7 add the Netherlands to a 1993 agreement between the UK, France and Belgium which enables passengers to pass through juxtaposed checks by border officials from both the departure and destination countries before bo
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    Agreements signed to allow direct Amsterdam – London trains

    2020-07-08T09:42:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar is set to launch direct services between Amsterdam and London later this year, following the signing on July 7 of four-country agreements covering the legal and security arrangements. A date for the start of through services has not yet been finalised, the high speed ...

  • A walk-through facial biometric verification system is to be tested which would enable Eurostar passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes at London’s St Pancras International station without contact with people or hardware.
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    Eurostar to test facial biometrics for ‘walk-through’ check-in

    2020-06-19T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: A walk-through facial biometric verification system is to be tested which would enable Eurostar passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes at London’s St Pancras International station without contact with people or hardware. Passengers opting the use the accelerated pre-boarding option would ...

  • Commemorative boards were unveiled at a ceremony at London’s St Pancras station on March 5 to mark a twinning agreement with Bordeaux Saint-Jean.
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    Direct London – Bordeaux trains could start in 2022, suggests SNCF

    2020-03-05T17:31:00Z

    A direct London – Bordeaux service could be launched in 2022, President of SNCF International Diego Diaz suggested when commemorative boards were unveiled at London’s St Pancras station to mark a twinning agreement with Bordeaux Saint-Jean. 

  • Eurostar has announced the start dates for through services between Amsterdam, Rotterdam and London.
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    Eurostar confirms start date for Amsterdam – London through services

    2020-02-04T10:04:00Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed train operator Eurostar has announced the start dates for through services between Amsterdam, Rotterdam and London. This follows an agreement between the governments of the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands enabling the operation of juxtaposed border controls at the Dutch departure ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ORR publishes final determination of High Speed 1 costs

    2020-01-08T09:55:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has published its periodic review of Channel Tunnel Rail Link concessionaire HS1 Ltd’s charges and maintenance plans for the five years starting on April 1 2020. HS1 Ltd has a 30-year concession to manage the 108 km high ...

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    London St Pancras twins with Bordeaux Saint-Jean to promote direct service

    2019-10-18T10:23:00Z

    Twinning EUROPE: Channel Tunnel rail link concessionaire HS1 Ltd announced a twinning agreement between its London St Pancras International station and SNCF’s Bordeaux Saint-Jean station on October 18, saying this would help to progress the development of proposals for a through passenger service between the ...

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    Thalys-Eurostar merger planned under Green Speed initiative

    2019-09-27T10:42:00Z

    EUROPE: SNCF, SNCB and the Patina Rail investment vehicle announced on September 27 their intention to combine the Eurostar and Thalys high speed rail operations, reporting that outline proposals were being presented to their respective boards. The proposed merger is being taken forward under a ...

  • The international agreement which would permit the operation of through passenger services between the Netherlands and the UK is expected to be signed in October
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    Amsterdam – London through train agreement to be signed shortly

    2019-09-26T11:07:00Z

    EUROPE: The international agreement which would permit the operation of through passenger services between the Netherlands and the UK is expected to be signed in October, State Secretary for Justice Security Ankie Broekers-Knol told the Dutch parliament’s lower house on September 25. Eurostar told ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Channel Tunnel ‘ready for Brexit’

    2019-09-02T15:22:00Z

    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel is prepared for the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union on October 31 ‘no matter the outcome’, it said on September 2. The company said there would no change to immigration formalities for the 22 million passengers/year who ...

  • Eurostar has launched a virtual guide designed to help passengers with autism have a stress-free journey.
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    Eurostar provides guide for travellers with autism

    2019-05-15T09:53:15Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar has launched a virtual guide designed to help passengers with autism have a stress-free journey. The cross-Channel high speed train operator reviewed its travel experience with the Ambitious About Autism charity, which advised that travellers with autism are more comfortable if they have seen information about sights and ...

  • urostar is working with Deutsche Bahn to resolve a ticketing system compatibility issue which will prevent the German national operator from selling through tickets between Germany and the UK.
    Rail Business UK

    Eurostar and DB seek to solve through ticketing issue

    2019-05-07T11:44:19Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar is working with Deutsche Bahn to resolve a ticketing system compatibility issue which will prevent the German national operator from selling through tickets between Germany and the UK. Last year Eurostar awarded Dutch software company Sqills a contract to provide its S3 Passenger sales, distribution and reservation suite ...

  • ‘The prospect of travel between the centre of London and Bordeaux in less than 5 h brings southwest France within easy reach for business travellers and holidaymakers’, said Keith Ludeman, Chair of HS1 Ltd.
    Rail Business UK

    London – Bordeaux high speed rail service ‘blueprint’

    2019-04-30T13:03:09Z

    EUROPE: A ‘blueprint’ for the operation of direct high speed services to and from London was presented to the Mayor of Bordeaux and the President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region on April 29. The proposals are being developed jointly by HS1 Ltd, which manages the high speed line between London and ...

  • Eurostar passengers can now save paperless tickets on Google Pay.
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    Eurostar aims to reduce paper ticket use with Google Pay

    2019-04-17T14:40:56Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar passengers can now save paperless tickets on Google Pay, in what the cross-Channel high speed train operator says is a ‘first for any international rail company’. Travellers using Google Pay on mobile devices with Android L or higher can save their mobile tickets to Google Pay from the ...

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    Eurostar sets new ridership record

    2019-03-05T10:22:04Z

    EUROPE: The introduction of direct London – Amsterdam trains and a strong increase in business travel contributed to record Eurostar ridership during 2018, the operator announced on March 5. Reporting its annual results, the cross-Channel high speed operator said 11 million passengers had used its international services during the year, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Eurostar deploys interactive robot at St Pancras station

    2018-10-24T11:31:52Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar passengers in the departure area of London St Pancras station can now interact with a humanoid robot to find more information about their journey. Eurostar expects this to be particularly popular with families. The Pepper robot from SoftBank Robotics was supplied by Robots of London. It uses a ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Eurostar to expand Amsterdam service next year

    2018-10-23T10:52:10Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed operator Eurostar expects to launch a third daily train between London and Amsterdam in June 2019, reflecting the initial success of the route which was launched with two trains per day in April this year. Eurostar reports that it has already carried more than 130 ...