Evolyn, which just purchased 12 trains for its planned service between the U.K. and mainland Europe, plans to launch in 2025, according to Reuters — creating direct competition for the popular Eurostar.
Getlink, which operates the Channel Tunnel, told the wire service the tunnel has “open access” and is currently designed to support nearly double the current rail traffic level.
While Evolyn plans to launch service in 2025, it won’t be fully operational until 2026, Sky News reported.
Currently, Eurostar operates high-speed trains multiple times each day through the Channel Tunnel, which sits at 31.5 miles long. The journey is quick: it takes just over 2 hours to travel from London to Paris on the train, for example.
Eurostar has also been launching new services, like a new weekly train to the French Alps in time for ski season, which will run from London to several top resorts in France with a stop in Lille. Last year, Eurostar and Thalys — which first launched in the early 1990s as a cooperation between rail companies in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Germany — also teamed up to create the Eurostar Group, cementing an alliance between two of Europe’s major high-speed train operators.
The effort to create more rail service comes after France banned select domestic flights if there is an existing train alternative available in an effort to cut down on carbon emissions.