Almost two decades ago, Eurostar changed the way people travel from the UK to Paris and Brussels forever. Today, they have created a generation of travellers who think nothing of hopping on the train after breakfast and relaxing in a Parisian bistro by lunchtime. Eurostar is delighted by the fact that they have doubled the number of visitors travelling from London to Paris and Brussels. Now the connections reach even farther, with links to over 100 destinations across Europe via Paris, Brussels and Lille.
Today there are a total of 27 trains running between the UK and France and Belgium, as well as 3 used on domestic services in France. Each train has 750 seats - that’s about the same as two Boeing 747s – and there are 544 seats in Standard class and 206 in Business Premier and Standard Premier.
Eurostar has invested £700 million in creating a new fleet of trains. The current trains are getting a makeover, with refurbishment due to be complete in 2015. Plus they have also ordered 10 brand new trains from Siemens, due to arrive around the same time. Both the refurbished and new trains are based on a design created by Pininfarina, the world-famous Italian design house that creates Ferrari’s unique style.
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