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Eurostar adds more high-speed services to Europe

The high-speed rail link between the UK and mainland Europe, is adding more trains between the UK and the continent in response to growing demand.

During August, Eurostar said it had seen double the number of bookings and added 39 trains for travel between the UK and the continent this month alone.

The busiest days for travel are said to be between 27th and 30th August, with Paris the most popular destination from the UK as travellers seize the opportunity to enjoy a summer on the Seine.

Since the easing of travel restrictions by the UK government in August, the rail operator said it has seen the gradual return of the weekend break. It reported a 105 per cent rise in August and September weekend trips between London and Paris compared to the same period last year, and 83 per cent of bookings attributed to leisure travel or visiting friends and family.

From September 6 until November 1, eight daily return services will operate, with five in each direction on the London to Paris rout§e and three in each direction between London and Brussels, with one each way extended to Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Eurostar said it had introduced new measures to keep passengers safe, with trains deep cleaned before every journey, and cleaning teams on board to regularly disinfect high contact areas.

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