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Siemens to build Eurostar trains

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German industrial group Siemens has won the contract to supply 10 next-generation high-speed trains to Eurostar for its service through the Channel Tunnel.

Siemens beat French firm Alstom, makers of the existing fleet of trains.

Eurostar is spending nearly 800 million euros to update its trains and buy new ones as it braces for competition from other operators through the Chunnel.

The new trains will be faster with a top speed of 320 kilometres an hour, that will cut journey times from London to Paris by 15 mins to just over two hours.

They are able to carry more passengers – a total of 900, that is an increase of 150 on the current carriages.

In addition, they can operate right across Europe’s high-speed rail network, and Eurostar has said it wants to expand its service to other European cities.