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There could soon be a new high-speed rival to the London-Paris Eurostar

Spanish train firm Renfe has suggested it will introduce Eurotunnel routes to France and the rest of Europe

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Travelling between London and Paris by train? Hopping on the Eurostar, right? It’s so obvious you don’t really consider that there might be other options if you want to get that patisserie fix fast.

Spanish railway operator Renfe is hoping to change that, though. It reckons that there’s space on the (very busy) Eurotunnel line for its service, which would rival the existing timetable with its high-speed trains. 

The company says it has support from Getlink, the firm that manages the tunnel, and from HS1, which maintains the rail link. Sounds pretty positive, huh?

In 2019, around nine million travellers used the line to get between London St Pancras and Paris’s Gare du Nord. Renfe says its services would be profitable within four years and – most excitingly for travellers – may include links with other French and international destinations.

Less exciting is the fact that Renfe hasn’t yet provided a timeline for the changes. Here’s hoping the plans materialise soon.

In more exciting railway news: These brand-new sleeper trains could connect London and Barcelona.

Plus: Is this legendary trans-European train network making a comeback?

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