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As we have mentioned many times Eurostar needs competition.
Not only has Eurostar held a monopoly since 1994 but its current network, Netherlands excepted, is roughly unchanged in almost 30 years.
Now ‘paper’ operator Evolyn has appeared to compete on the busy Paris-London route.
It says it has reached an agreement with Alstom to purchase 12 new trains.
But Alstom says otherwise – see statement below.
But were Evolyn to operate through the Tunnel to London it wouldn’t be able to gain transit rights easily – remember the difficulties Germany’s DB encountered – let alone the slots at Paris Nord or London StPancras and having to deal with UK Border.
So, even if the trains are purchased, 2025 is an unrealistic start date.
I ought to have mentioned that Evolyn is a Spanish company and it plans to operate non-stop Paris-London – see link below.
As we have reported before (see “Eurostar ‘light’ option feasible for London-Paris dated July 6, 2018) Tunnel operator Getlink would welcome competition because naturally that would lead to more trains and therefore more toll revenue.