November 8, 2021 – Spain high speed train – Spanish national railway operator Renfe has reportedly expressed its intention to run a high-speed train service between Paris and London, a route where the Eurostar currently has a monopoly.
The operator will bid for available slots in the Channel Tunnel.
Confirming a report in Spanish daily El Pais, Renfe told Agence France-Presse: “Renfe wants to operate on the Paris-London high-speed line through the Eurotunnel, and has already started initial contacts to compete with Eurostar.
“At the moment there are available paths and capacity to operate on the high-speed line.”
The railway operator added that it has already studied the market, which confirmed that the move would be ‘profitable’.
Renfe’s new high-speed train service will operate in direct competition with Eurostar, which is majority owned by France’s SNCF.
The rail service operated by Eurostar links Paris and London in two hours and 15 minutes through the Channel Tunnel, which opened in 1994.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, this rail link served nearly nine million passengers annually.
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