Billions of Bucks Will Allow a Eurostar Expansion and Upgrade
April 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Zipping between countries over in Europe has never been easier, and thanks to planes, trains, and automobiles it’s also usually pretty darn affordable. Now the trip between France and the United Kingdom is getting even better, as those Eurostar trains that do their thing underneath the English Channel are getting a little bit of an upgrade and improvement.
It sounds like Eurostar is getting ready to throw down around $1.7 billion, as the train service begins to celebrate its second decade of doing its thing. New trains means more capacity for the first time in five years, and operators hope by that 2015 the whole fleet will have a new look and nice refresh.
New destinations like Lyon and Marseille are on the route map in the near future, and new Siemens e320 trains will help link London with Amsterdam beginning in 2016. Other train stations will get a visit from the Eurostar fleet as well, as Antwerp, Rotterdam, Zurich, and Geneva are also all future options.
As for as onboard amenities are concerned they’re promising WiFi access across the fleet, and even better it sounds like there’s no plan to charge for access. We’ll believe it when we see it, but at least it sounds like they’re going to be generous with the in-train connectivity.