Siemens says it will join Eurostar in fighting Alstom

22nd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

German industrial giant Siemens teamed up in a legal battle with rail operator Eurostar on Friday against French group Alstom over a high-speed train contract for the Channel tunnel.

A Siemens spokesman told AFP that the German group will support Eurostar in a legal battle now brewing in Britain over a contract by Eurostar for Siemens to supply trains to run through the Channel tunnel between France and England.

Alstom, the traditional builder of the TGV trains, has filed a complaint in London, where Eurostar is based, to obtain a suspension of the deal for 10 high-speed trains worth around 600 million euros (830 million dollars).

Eurostar's decision to buy trains built by Siemens is under attack from the French government, which says that the German ICE train does not meet safety standards in the tunnel.

Siemens and the German railway Deutsche Bahn are counting on deal to advance cross-border rail competition in Europe, which Deutsche Bahn has said is blocked by the French national railway SNCF.

© 2010 AFP

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