Eurostar will link the UK to four European Countries
Eurostar will link the UK to four European Countries. With the merger of Eurostar and Thalys, UK-based Eurostar will expand its European routes to connect more of France with Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.
Despite initial plans for a merger announced in October 2019, the Pandemic delayed the process.
The European Commission has now approved the merger.
The Green Speed Project has backed both Eurostar and Thalys and the French and Belgian state-owned railroad companies.
Rail travel is promoted as an environmentally friendly alternative to flying. It is part of the EU’s plans to expand its high-speed train network.
Sophie Dutordoir, CEO of Belgian rail company SNCB and chairman of the board for Thalys, told Euronews: “This merger project is based on the firm belief that trains are the most sustainable, fast, efficient and safest way to travel in Europe – now more than ever.”
Eurostar service will extend its services into Belgium and the Netherlands and connect the UK with Germany via high-speed trains.
Eurostar operates high-speed services from London to Paris, Brussels, Lille, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam through the Channel Tunnel.
In addition to the current Thalys destinations, Düsseldorf, Essen, Aachen and Dortmund, passengers can expect high-speed connections from London to Cologne, Germany, in the coming years.
A direct train to Bordeaux, Antwerp, and Liège is also possible.
Eurostar will link the UK to four European Countries, hopefully soon, we can all travel around Europe fast in a Green manner.
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