The chief executive of the Eurostar rail service, which
connects the UK to mainland Europe, confirmed recently that it was looking into
a route which could connect London and Bordeaux, the famous wine region located
in the south-west of France.
The service would plan to make use of the new £6.1 billion
line announced between Bordeaux and Tours, which is due to be completed next
Nicola Petrovic, the companys chief executive, said that
Eurostar had big plans to expand with hopes for a strong 2016, and so far have
introduced larger trains as well as free WiFi and around 300 movies available
to watch on board.
Speaking to The Times, Petrovic said: There is nothing
decided at the moment beyond Amsterdam, but we are looking at opportunities
maybe in Bordeaux because there is a new high-speed line opening in 2017.
The move comes as Eurostar hope to turn around their
fortunes, following an unfortunate 2015, when passenger numbers flatlined and
millions had to be paid out in compensation due to delays.
Opening up the Eurostar line to Bordeaux would mean that an
even larger area of France is accessible by high-speed rail, and could even
pave the way for more possibilities in future one day, even our villas in
Languedoc could possibly be reached directly from London via high-speed rail!
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