Eurostar Eyes Fleet Expansion Investment

11 October 2010 (Last Updated October 11th, 2010 18:30)

Eurostar International has unveiled plans to invest £700m ($1.1bn) in capital to purchase a new fleet as it intends to extend services to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Geneva, Switzerland. From next year, Eurostar will begin the process of overhauling and refurbishing its existing

Eurostar International has unveiled plans to invest £700m ($1.1bn) in capital to purchase a new fleet as it intends to extend services to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Geneva, Switzerland.

From next year, Eurostar will begin the process of overhauling and refurbishing its existing fleet with designs by Italy-based Pininfarina.

The rail operator will also purchase ten train sets which will operate across the European high-speed rail network and provide direct services between London and other European destinations.

Eurostar e3202 trains have the capacity to carry more than 900 passengers and will have 20% more seats than the existing trains, which carry 750 passengers.

Capable reaching of 320k/ph, the new trains will cut travel times between London and Paris to just over two hours, London to Amsterdam to under four hours and London to Geneva to around five hours.