If you're travelling from London to Paris next year, you'll be pleased to hear that Eurostar passengers will see their journey time cut by fifteen minutes due to the purchase of 17 new high speed trains.
The new trains will be launched towards the end of 2015 and travellers will then be able to make the 306 mile trip in 2 hours via the Channel Tunnel at a speed of 200mph. Each train is able to carry up to 900 passengers and boasts more room, free Wi-Fi, mobile phone charging points as well as a new business class fine dining menu courtesy of Chef Raymond Blanc.
"œThe combination of chic interior, bold designs and added extras such as free Wi-Fi will raise the bar, providing a high level of style and comfort for our customer," says chief executive Nicolas Petrovic.
The original Eurostar journey from London St Pancras International to Paris took 2 hours and 50 minutes; however this was reduced by 25 minutes in 1998 when the first section of the high speed line was built through Kent, and then reduced again in 2007 by a further 20 minutes once the works were fully completed.
The new 200mph trains have been described as 'inter-operable' which means that they can operate across complicated European signal systems, which opens up the possibility of using the trains for direct services from the UK across other parts of Europe. Towards the end of 2016, Eurostar will be unveiling a new route from the UK to Amsterdam stopping at Antwerp, Rotterdam and Schiphol airport along the way.
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