EVOLYN, the new rail operator for the Channel Tunnel, has agreed to purchase 12 high-speed trains from renowned French manufacturer Alstom, with plans to expand the fleet to 16.
The new operator is a robust project that has been in development for three years and is on track to begin operations in 2025. With an estimated total investment of £1 billion, the project is led by the Spanish Cosmen family and supported by key British and French industrial and financial partners.
"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,” said Jorge Cosmen, CEO of EVOLYN.
The AVELIA high-speed trains to be deployed by EVOLYN will meet the highest standards of sustainability, efficiency, and reduced energy consumption. The company's goal is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions by 2030 and achieve zero emissions by 2050, offering passengers an eco-friendly and digitally enhanced travel experience.