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Eurostar commands 10 Velaro to Siemens

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10/11/2010 AT 07:40

This represents the first key initiative since the recent transformation of the business from a partnership to a single, unified corporate entity. The investment in the fleet will be funded privately by Eurostar with a combination of cash and bank financing.

With customers increasingly opting for rail over plane for short-haul journeys across Europe, Eurostar plays a pivotal role in demonstrating the speed, ease and convenience of high speed rail travel. By providing an unrivalled travel experience between the UK and the continent, Eurostar's ambition is to encourage more travellers to choose high speed rail as their preferred option.

From 2011, Eurostar will embark on a major programme of investment in its rolling stock. This includes the complete overhaul and refurbishment of the existing fleet of Eurostar trains to a design created by Pininfarina, the world-famous Italian design house renowned for its iconic car designs. In addition, Eurostar will purchase 10 new trainsets which will complement its existing fleet and ensure it can deliver the best possible service to its passengers as it expands its operations.

Following completion of a competitive tender process, Eurostar has advised the participants of its decision to award the contract for the manufacture of new trainsets, subject to negotiation of final terms, to the train manufacturer, Siemens Plc.

Built to a bespoke specification, the new Eurostar e320 trains will be 'interoperable'. This means that they can operate across the European high speed rail network and can provide direct services between London and a range of city centre destinations throughout Europe.
With capacity to carry more than 900 passengers including their luggage, the Eurostar e320 will have 20 per cent more seats than the existing Eurostar trains which carry 750 travellers.

Capable of a speed of 320 kph (200 mph), the Eurostar e320 could see journey times between London and Paris reduced to just over two hours, London to Amsterdam to under four hours and London to Geneva to around five hours.

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