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30.05.17

Eurostar introduces new e320 trains on London-Brussels route

Eurostar has this week started running its new e320 trains on the London-Brussels route as part of the company’s £1bn programme of investment.

A total of 17 new e320s will be introduced to Eurostar’s fleet over the next 18 months, and the operator will also undertake a refurbishment of its original trains.

The new rolling stock has already been running on the London-Paris route since November 2015, and boasts a 20% increase in capacity compared to the original Eurostar trains. They also offer passengers modern interiors, wi-fi connectivity and onboard entertainment to smart devices like phones and tablets.

The introduction of the e320 on the London-Brussels route follows a renovation of the Eurostar  terminal in Brussels Midi, which has expanded the departure area and improved the efficiency of the check-in space with state-of-the-art technology like facial recognition e-passport gates that will be brought in this summer to ease pressure during busy periods.

Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar, commented: “The introduction of the e320 on the Brussels route marks an important milestone and step change in the travel experience for our customers.”

The addition of the e320s will also aid Eurostar as it expands further into Europe. As they are interoperable, the trains can run on the European high-speed network and will allow the company to develop quicker, more direct links to Amsterdam.

With over three million passengers travelling by air between London and Amsterdam, a new rail route to Amsterdam will greatly enhance links to the Netherlands and boost the economies of either company.

“With demand for high-speed rail over plane on the increase, we are now gearing up to expand our reach to Amsterdam and Rotterdam,” Petrovic added. “The launch of our new direct service on this high-volume route represents a major growth opportunity for our business.”

And Michel Jadot, director of marketing and sales at SNCB, said that the improvement to trains was the result of efforts to revamp the Channel Terminal into a bigger and brighter check-in area.

“The capacity has increased, matching the new trains on the Brussels-London route, which are able to transport more passengers,” he stated. 

“Special attention was dedicated to improving the customer flow with the new, larger check-in structure of the terminal offering far more easy access. These efforts will also help to reinforce the role Brussels enjoys as a major European railway hub.”

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Comments

Nickk   30/05/2017 at 18:31

"step change in the travel experience for our customers.” = uncomfortable seats, even in the Business Class. "boasts a 20% increase in capacity" = reduced legroom...

Jimbo   30/05/2017 at 19:10

@Nickk - I recently travelled to Brussels on an e300 and then back from Paris on an e320, and didn't notice any real difference. If there is a reduction in legroom, it wasn't that noticeable - the e320 still has more legroom than many UK trains.

James Palma   30/05/2017 at 19:48

Hm. While i think having a rail connection from London to the Netherlands isnt a bad idea, i do wonder whether it will be viable. I live in London and can get from home or work to Amsterdam in about 2 hours for £60 return depending on when i book the flight. How much will the train be for a 4(?) hour journey?

Andrew Gwilt   30/05/2017 at 20:05

Why cant Eurostar operate a London St Pancras Intl-Andorra route and also to Monaco if possible with using their Class 373's and Class 374's "E320" fleets.

Noam Bleicher   31/05/2017 at 08:18

Andrew, there are much more important markets than these to be served. I know Eurostar are looking at Bordeaux and DB are looking at Koln and Frankfurt. Eurostar already do trains to Marseille (for Monaco), and for the Pyrenees there is a cross-platform change at Lille for a Perpignan train.

Boris   31/05/2017 at 10:07

Do you have a job, Andrew, that would allow you to afford a holiday to either destination?

Charleswilliammorganjr   01/06/2017 at 06:00

Consideration should be given to night sleeper trains between London and Stockholm, Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Munich, Budapest, Vienna, Zurich and Rome. Berlin could be covered by the Warsaw train, Munich and Vienna by the Budapest Train, and Copenhagen by the Stockholm train. There is a great void and demand that needs to be filled in this area. The dropping of the City Nightline network by DB was a slap in the face of rail passengers, as these trains were well used.

Andrew Gwilt   01/06/2017 at 21:11

No I dont have a job Boris. Or is that being sarcastic!

Bill   01/06/2017 at 23:29

Why don't you have a job?

Humbug   02/06/2017 at 13:22

Of course Andrew has a job - official RTM commentator! :-)

Andrew Gwilt   03/06/2017 at 20:07

Very funny. I take that as sarcasm. Morons.

Boris   04/06/2017 at 13:24

So why don't you have a job Andrew, how do you get money.

Andrew Gwilt   05/06/2017 at 01:15

Boris can you stop harassing me please. This is getting too boring ok. No more. END IT!!

Mark   05/06/2017 at 13:56

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