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The number of passengers taking Eurostar services through the Channel Tunnel increased this summer.

The high-speed train company carried 2.8 million passengers in summer 2014 (July to September) - a 3% rise on the summer 2013 total of 2.7 million.

Sales revenue for July to September 2014 rose 2% - going up from £207 million in summer 2013 to £211 million in summer 2014.

This is the 10th successive year of growth in passengers and sales revenue for Eurostar which celebrates its 20th anniversary next month.

In May 2015, the company is launching a new all-year-round service direct from London to Provence in southern France, stopping at Lyon, Avignon and Marseille.

Tickets go on sale in early December 2014.

Then in 2016 Eurostar starts a direct service from London to Amsterdam.

Before then, Eurostar will be unveiling on November 13 - the eve of its 20th anniversary - its new e320 trains which will be capable of carrying 900 passengers and reach speeds of 200mph. They will enter service next year.

The UK Government is seeking buyers for its 40% stake in Eurostar - a move criticised by Labour and rail unions.

"After 20 years of leading the way in cross-Channel high-speed rail travel our sights are now set on expanding further afield and making rail the obvious choice for short-haul travel."

– Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar

Eurostar hits 10 million passenger milestone today

Eurostar are celebrating transporting 10 million passengers in a single year as well as 140 million passengers since they began in 1994.

Coinciding with the start of its twentieth year of operation, 2013 has seen Eurostar carry, for the first time, 10 million passengers in a single year.

Eurostar has seen 10 million passengers in 2013 Credit: Eurostar

The first commercial Eurostar services departed London, Paris and Brussels on the 14th November 1994 and by the end of the year, more than 150,000 passengers had travelled between the Capital cities.

The record breaking passenger milestones were achieved today (30th December) as 2013 draws to a close.

The eurostar has had a record-breaking year Credit: PA Wire

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Part of Eurostar Terminal that closed to be used again

Part of the Eurostar Terminal at Waterloo, which was closed six years ago, will be used from today during disruption at the station.

One of the platforms will be used by South West Trains to help return services to normal.

It will come into full passenger use next May it was confirmed today.

Commuters have been left frustrated that the station gets crowded and lacks capacity when the former Eurostar platforms are empty since services transferred to St Pancras.

Now one platform will be used by services from Windsor.

Longer term plans to upgrade the station could see more of the platforms used, which would involve major track and building work.

New Eurostar service to Amsterdam from 2016

Eurostar services to Amsterdam will start in 2016 Credit: Press Association Images

Eurostar has signed an agreement with the Dutch railways to launch direct services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016. The deal for the high speed line is due to be ratified by the Dutch Parliament over the coming months.

Eurostar plans to run two services a day between London and Amsterdam with journey times of around four hours.

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10 years after Eurostar speed record

Driver Alan Pears who set the speed limit with unveiled plaque Credit: ITV Meridian

Kent school children joined Eurostar to celebrate its 10 year anniversary of setting the high speed rail record.

A special plaque has been unveiled today by the driver, Alan Pears, who set the record in Kent.

On July 30, 2003, a Eurostar train sped through Kent countryside to set the record at 208mph on High Speed 1.

The record was taken near Medway Viaduct and to celebrate the record an event is taking place today.

Eurostar celebrates 10 years since getting speed record with school children Credit: ITV Meridian

Passengers and profits up at Eurostar

A Paris bound Eurostar train at St Pancras - stopping at Ashford in Kent Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Carrying an increased number of American, Brazilian and Australian travellers, Eurostar saw its operating profit rise from £25.0 million in 2011 to £52.3 million in 2012.

In total, the company carried 9.9 million passengers last year compared with 9.7 million in 2011.

Passenger numbers were strong after the Olympics, with traffic up 5% in the last three months of last year compared with the October-December 2011 period.

While business passenger number remained flat last year, the leisure travel market rose 3%. Non-EU passenger numbers grew 8% in 2012.

Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic said: "Despite the challenging economic climate, we delivered a strong performance in 2012.

Eurostar passenger services suspended

The French authorities have shut the A16 leading to the port of Calais and Eurotunnel. This will cause major delays to freight. Eurostar has suspended passenger services between Britain and France because of the weather. Lines in France are blocked by snow.

The company is advising passengers with tickets for today not to go to Ashford International or St Pancras, they say refunds will be paid.

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