Spanish Rail Firm Targets London to Paris Route Against Eurostar

Spanish Rail Firm Targets London to Paris Route Against Eurostar

A Spanish rail company has revealed its plans to launch a new Paris-London route, posing the first significant challenge to Eurostar’s stronghold in the market.

The company, Evolyn, said the route was “strategic and in high demand” and that it intended to launch its first service in 2025. 

With the potential for expansion to 16 trains, Evolyn aims to kickstart operations in 2025, with the full fleet anticipated to be operational by 2026. 

The company aims to launch a non-stop service between London St Pancras International and Paris Nord initially, with the possibility of incorporating additional stops in northern France in the future.

The company said it had been planning the new service for three years and was already engaged in discussions over accessing the tracks.

The Channel tunnel operator, Getlink, welcomed the news that Evolyn planned to apply to become the second international operator on the Paris-London line. The tunnel network was designed to transport more than 20 million travellers a year, double the current number. Post-Brexit border checks have led to reduced services.

While several companies have previously expressed intentions to challenge Eurostar, none have successfully emerged as a direct competitor until now.

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