Green carpet rolled out at Eurostar as almost a million passengers head to Euro 2016

Eurostar partnered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) today to give football fans a ‘green carpet’ send off and wish supporters a successful trip as they make their way to the Euro 2016 tournament.  
A Eurostar platform at London’s St Pancras International has been transformed into a mini football pitch, as almost a million passengers are set to travel by Eurostar during the ‘Euros’. The busiest day for Eurostar travel is 10th June, with over 30,000 passengers travelling, as the hosts kick off the tournament in the Stade de France.

The FCO and Eurostar waved off the first set of fans this morning, inviting them to set foot on the turf and share pre-travel pictures to show which team they’re supporting. With direct high-speed travel from London to Lille, Paris, Lyon and Marseille, Eurostar is well-placed to carry football supporters from across the UK to cheer on their team this summer.  

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, says: “Euro 2016 gives football fans from across the UK a great opportunity to visit some of France’s most impressive destinations. With many of the host cities only a short train journey away, fans can sit back and relax on our new fleet of trains complete with WiFi and onboard entertainment to help them keep up with the latest scores.”  

Martin Redmond from the FCO’s ‘Know Before You Go’ team , says: “With thousands of home nation fans set to pass through St Pancras during the next few weeks, we wanted to make sure fans kick off their trip the right way. That’s why we’re rolling out the green carpet today to provide a final reminder to everyone to enjoy a safe and successful trip to the Euros – regardless of their team’s results!”  

“All travelling fans should ensure they’re well prepared by following our tips at In France, they can keep up to date by signing up to our travel advice alerts.”  

Throughout Euro 2016, Eurostar will be running a variety of activities #forthefans. Football tables will be set up at stations, along with pre-match interview fan zones, giveaways and a special on board menu. A Eurostar squad of experts will be kitted out with tips and advice for fans making their way to stadiums.

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