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With $1.1 Billion Investment, Eurostar Ratchets Up

Competition in Europe's high speed rail market just got more intense, as Eurostar announced an investment of $1.1 billion to expand rail service from London to Amsterdam and Geneva. To the victor go the spoils!

Europe's open passenger rail market is becoming a heated battleground for well-heeled national players looking to conquer new turf. Aiming to expand its hold on the continent, Eurostar has just plumped down nearly $1.1 billion to extend service from London to Amsterdam and Geneva, as well as fending off an incursion from Germany's Deutsche Bahn AG, which is scheduled to begin preliminary rail service to London in advance of a full rollout scheduled for 2013, according to Businessweek. German trains will leave Cologne and Frankfurt on their speedy journey to London.

With its investment to purchase 10 new 900-passenger trains from Germany's Siemens, and upgrade existing rolling stock, Eurostar will be able to cut down the travel time between London and Paris to two hours from the current two hours and 15 minutes, reports The Telegraph. More than 16 million people rode Eurostar trains in 2009, according to Eurotunnel figures.

The Telegraph writes:

"The Eurostar move has been made possible by the decision to buy a new fleet of trains which will be able to use track in a number of countries, including the high speed line in Britain."

Thanks to Chikodi Chima

Full Story: AltTransport

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