Siemens is frontrunner for Eurostar train order: source

1st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

German industrial group Siemens is the frontrunner to secure a contract to supply Eurostar with high speed trains using the Channel tunnel linking London with Paris and Brussels, a source close to the matter said Friday.

The order with Siemens, which could be worth as much as 600 million euros (824 million dollars) according to the source, would constitute a major setback for French train builder Alstom, the current supplier to Eurostar.

Eurostar operates 28 cross-Channel trains that entered service 16 years ago.

Eurostar declined to comment on the report.

© 2010 AFP

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