Eurostar considers new routes as part of £700m investment

Eurostar is to begin a £700m investment programme in train services in 2011 that could further reduce travel times between London and Paris and open up new destinations.

Eurostar considers new routes as part of £700m investment
Eurostar considers new routes as part of £700m investment

The project will begin in 2011 and include the complete refurbishment of Eurostar’s existing fleet, boasting a design by Italian car designer Pininfarina .

Eurostar will also purchase ten new E320 trains that will operate across the European high-speed rail network.

More passengers

The new trains will carry more than 900 passengers and their luggage, and offer 20% per cent more seats than the existing Eurostar trains.

Capable of a speed of 200mph, the trains will see Eurostar’s London-Paris journey times reduced to around two hours, London-Brussels to one hour 40 minutes and London-Lyon to one hour ten minutes.

New destinations

Eurostar is also considering new destinations from London including Amsterdam and Geneva.

Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic said: "Over the last 16 years Eurostar has revolutionised travel between London, Paris and Brussels but our sights are now set on expanding our business across Europe."

Eurostar’s potential new destinations:

 

London to Cologne: three hours 30 minutes

London to Amsterdam: three hours 50 minutes

London to Geneva: four hours

London to Zurich: four hours

London to Munich: five hours

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