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Eurostar passengers at record

Eurostar passengers at record
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Eurostar says it carried over 10 percent more passengers last year on its trains between Britain and mainland Europe.

The number of travellers hit a record of just over nine million. Growth would have been greater but for a fire in the Channel Tunnel in September. The company added that though the short-term outlook for 2009 is challenging it is confident in the future of its business as customers opt for high-speed rail over short-haul flights for shorter European journeys.