NATIONAL Express coach division Eurolines UK has joined forces with Eurotunnel to transport European sports fans lucky enough to get tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games.

The two firms expect to carry an additional 18,000 European visitors to London next summer, mostly from Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.

John Gilbert, managing director of Eurolines UK, said: "We'll play a key role in helping people from across the continent visit the UK next summer.

“We are committed to providing passengers with an affordable, convenient and easily accessible service to key points in the heart of London.

"By linking with Eurotunnel, we are able to increase our normal timetable to provide additional services for customers when they need them most.”