Eurostar says it has also seen an increase in the number of passengers
travelling beyond Paris and Brussels to destinations in the
Netherlands, Germany, and southern France.

eurostar2010.jpg"We are starting to see a real shift in behaviour as customers are
increasingly keen to explore new destinations by high-speed rail," says
Petrovic. "This is an exciting time for passengers and our industry.
With the expansion of new routes and services we are witnessing a
renaissance in rail travel."

This year the company will begin the refurbishment of its class 373
train fleet, and Siemens will deliver 10 e320 trains from 2014 which
will be used to launch new routes.

Eurostar will face greater competition on high-speed services through
the Channel Tunnel from 2012 or 2013, when German Rail (DB) launches
ICE services from London to Cologne, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.