In Numbers: Eurostar's 20 years of service

As Eurostar celebrates its 20th anniversary today (14 November), C&IT runs through the numbers that have made the service a business travel favourite.

Eurostar
Eurostar

20 Years of service between London and Europe

100+ Direct and connecting destinations across 6 countries

145+ Million passengers transported to and from Europe in 20 years (more than UK and France populations combined)

1990 Year construction began on both sides of the Channel

208 UK train speed record in mph, held by Eurostar

750 Eurostar on-board capacity (two jumbo jets)

400 Length of a Eurostar train in metres

75 Depth in metres of lowest point of channel tunnel

813 Altitute in metres of Bourg-Saint-Maurice station, the Eurostar ski train's final stop

1,600 Power in KW each train uses (equivalent to 20 F1 cars)

2.15 Million cups of coffee sold per year on Eurostar

33,000 Bottles of Champagne opened in Business Premier class in 2013

150,000 Great British breakfasts served in Business Premier per year

890,000 Croissants and pastries served on Eurostar per year

and finally... celebrity passengers have included Madonna, Katy Perry, Rhianna, David Beckham, Kanye West and One Direction

Eurostar recently reported continuing year-on-year growth to 30 September 2014, marking ten consecutive years of growth in sales revenues and passenger numbers. Compared to the same period in 2013, Q3 passenger numbers grew by 3% to 2.8 million (Q3 2013:  2.7 million) while sales revenues rose by 2% to £211 million (Q3 2013: £207 million).
 
Stronger business travel bookings were also reflected as passengers choosing Business Premier class of travel increased by 6% compared with the third quarter of last year.

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