Eurostar has unveiled plans for a £700m package of improvements to its service, hoping to increase passenger numbers and decrease journey times.
In good news for those who regularly attend events at function venues across Europe, the high speed rail operator is to completely refurbish existing stock, as well as purchasing 10 new trains, capable of travelling up to 200 mph.
Current stock will be altered to include wi-fi, on-board entertainment and real time travel and destination information. To include such technology and modernise the trains, Eurostar are planning to reduce seat numbers. Nevertheless, the new Siemens-built e320 trains are set to carry 900 passengers each – 150 more than the old trains are capable of.
The new trains will reduce travel time on all routes, with travel from London to Paris taking just over two hours. Increasing its remit from just Paris, London and Brussels, The Independent speculate that the company could run services to Amsterdam in four hours and Geneva in five.
Speaking in Meetpie, chief executive of Eurostar, Nicholas Petrovic, said of the new investment: ”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.”
”The combination of our new state-of-the-art trains and our refurbished fleet will assure our position as the leading rail operator between the UK and the continent and make us the obvious choice for short haul European travel.”