Eurostar, the high speed train that directly
links the United Kingdom to France and Belgium, is to put ten new
trains into operation by 2015.
By 2015, Eurostar’s entire fleet
will total 24 trains, including 14 renovated e300 trains and ten
new e320 trains.
Eurostar’s significant investment of £700
million, will begin in 2014 with the re-design and refurbishment
of 14 ‘e300’ trains at the hands of world-famous Italian design
house Pininfarina, renowned for its iconic car designs.
Complementing fleet upgrades, Eurostar has purchasing orders for
ten new ‘e320’ trains, to be delivered in 2015.
With a capacity to carry more than 900
passengers including their luggage, the new Eurostar e320s will
have 20% more seats than the existing
Eurostar trains, which currently carry 750 travellers.
Darren Williams, Head of Global Sales, Eurostar,
“Through the collaboration with Rail Europe, we have seen enormous growth in both leisure and business bookings on the Eurostar over
the last couple of years. As such, we felt it necessary to invest
in refurbishing our existing trains as well as add 10 new trains
to our total in order to provide the best possible service to our
customers. We believe that people will be very excited to
experience our new design as well as our wi-fi and infotainment
The entire fleet of Eurostar will be
upgraded to meet the needs of the modern traveller, and will feature on
board wi-fi connectivity, as well as a new infotainment system.
Entertainment channels, music and news-feeds, and interactive
services providing passengers with real-time travel and
destination information will also be available.
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