The new operator EVOLYN has reached an agreement to acquire 12 high-speed trains from French manufacturer Alstom to start operating on the Channel Tunnel and thus offer a modern, innovative and sustainable transport alternative to the more than 11 million passengers who travel between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe every year.
After three years in development, the acquisition agreement for the 12 trains, with an option to scale up to 16, represents the materialization of the project, which aims to start running in 2025.
The EVOLYN project involves an estimated total investment of £1 billion GBP. It is led by the Spanish Cosmen family and is backed by important British and French industrial and financial partners. Thus, EVOLYN is born as a solid combination of an extensive and proven industrial experience together with an important financial strength.
“The acquisition of 12 high-speed, state-of-the-art trains, to be expanded to a minimum of 16 according to our forecasts, is the definitive step in the materialization of EVOLYN, a high-speed rail operator that has been under development for three years and that today marks a very important milestone. We know that the governments of the United Kingdom and France welcome a project that will allow their citizens to increase the connection options between the UK and several countries in continental Europe with a green alternative that will also contribute to decarbonization”, says Jorge Cosmen, CEO of EVOLYN.
The high-speed trains will be of the AVELIA range and will meet all current high standards of sustainability, efficiency and reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Specifically, EVOLYN plans to contribute to achieving a significant reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and zero emissions by 2050, by offering much cleaner, greener and smarter transport. In terms of sustainability, EVOLYN’s new service will therefore be one of the best solutions on the market, offering travelers the best modern and digital customer experience.
All in all, EVOLYN will become an innovative alternative for a strategic and high-demand line both in the UK and Europe, which will seek to provide the best quality offer at competitive prices and become the trusted choice of users.
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