8.52? Bloody hell, do they not think anyone lives outside of central London? Even coming from nearby you'd have to get up at a stupid time...
They really ought to add a second train now, it's still getting more and more popular, right? If it left about 11 or 12, I think that would be so much more convenient for people from north of Watford.
It's a nightmare getting to DLRP from Manchester - there are no cheap flights to CDG, so you either get a 9am train to London and then get a Eurostar at 12 then change to a TGV at Lille to arrive by 5pm, or you have to drive to Liverpool or East Midlands for a cheap flight.
Surely if Eurostar gave us a direct train at a reasonable time they'd also get more customers?