Eurostar International today announces a
£700 million capital investment in its fleet
Representing the first key initiative since the business’s recent transformation to a unified corporate entry. From 2011, Eurostar will embark on a major programme of investment including a redesign and complete overhaul of the existing fleet and the purchase of 10 new trainsets.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE e320
The new Eurostar e320 train has been brought to London from Germany and will be on display in front of the Albert Memorial throughout the day giving media the opportunity for viewings.
The unveiling will be preceded by a media briefing, hosted by Eurostar Chief Executive Nicolas Petrovic with guest speaker Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP. During this briefing Nicolas Petrovic will outline the company’s plans for investment and future expansion.
The new e320 trains are being built by Siemens. Developments include:
• The trains will be ‘interoperable’ allowing them to operate across the European high speed rail network, providing an increased number of direct services between London and a range of cities throughout Europe.
• Capable of 320kph, with the potential to cut journey times between London and Paris to just over two hours and London and Amsterdam to under 4 hours.
• 20% increase in capacity on the current fleet, providing capacity for 900 passengers.
• The most advanced wi-fi and on board ‘info-tainment’ on any train in Europe.