Eurostar mulls expansion in Europe: report

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The European railway operator Eurostar, which now links Brussels, London and Paris, is mulling a rapid expansion of its network across Europe, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Chief executive Nicolas Petrovic told the FT that Eurostar planned to use increasing liberalisation of the sector to launch services to destinations including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Cologne, Lyon, Marseille and Geneva.

"By 2016 and 2017 we would like people when they are thinking about travelling to these cities to consider taking Eurostar rather than flying," Petrovic told the daily business newspaper.

French national railway group SNCF owns 55 percent of Eurostar, while London Continental Railways has 40 percent. Belgian national railway operator SNCB also holds five percent.

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