High-speed rail service Eurostar has reported its results for 2017, seeing growth in both revenue and passenger numbers.

10.3 million passengers travelled on Eurostar last year, a 3 per cent increase on 2016. This helped sales revenues climb 11 per cent to £880 million, leading to the company announcing an unaudited operating profit of £57.6 million.

Eurostar says the traffic growth was boosted by a 26 per cent increase in the number of US travellers choosing to use the service to travel between Europe and the UK. The company says it expects to see this trend continue throughout 2018 as the UK prepares for the royal wedding in May and Paris hosts the Ryder Cup in September.

More business travellers also chose Eurostar in 2017, with corporate travel growing by 8 per cent year on year.

Eurostar is preparing to launch services between London and Amsterdam on 4 April, with the inaugural run completed on 20 February.

eurostar.com

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