Eurostar aims to take plane’s lunch money with revamped trains

September 23, 2015

Eurostar, the international train operator that carries more passengers between London and the European cities of Paris and Brussels than all airlines combined, is doubling down on the passenger experience with new and refurbished trains packed with #PaxEx improvements. It’s clear that, like Japan’s Shinkansen, the train is aiming to take the plane’s lunch money. Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

Eurostar operates trains through the Channel Tunnel from London St Pancras International into continental Europe. The primary routes are from London to Paris and Brussels, with a major interchange station at Lille and additional services to Marne la Vallée for Disneyland Paris. This year, Eurostar is extending its network to France’s second city Lyon, plus Avignon and Marseille in the south of France, joining existing winter ski trains to the Alps.

To match a brand new set of German-built ICE-style Siemens high-speed trains the company is calling e320, the first completely refurbished e300 train recently departed London for Brussels, with new interiors, seats and services. The idea is that the revamped e300 and new e320 trains, which are in the final stages of testing and which will supplement the existing and refurbished fleet, will be almost identical internally.

Contributing Editor John Walton has the full story, along with lots of illustrations at Runway Girl Network by clicking here.

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