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Eurostar adds passengers, increases market share in 2004

Last year, Eurostar increased its ridership, market share and North American ticket sales.

Sales representative Rail Europe sold 24 percent more tickets in North America for the high-speed train — which connects London with Paris and Brussels — compared with 2003.

Market share for the London-to-Paris service rose from 64.9 percent in 2003 to 68 percent in 2004; the London-to-Brussels portion share increased from 50.5 percent in 2003 to 63.3 percent in 2004.

The railroad also boosted ridership last year. Eurostar carried 7.27 million passengers, a 15 percent increase compared with 2003.

Meanwhile, the company plans to begin testing wireless fidelity services onboard trains and refurbishing passenger-car interiors this year.

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