Eurostar has previewed its new e320 train on the London-Brussels route, ahead of its introduction into service on May 28.
The group has been serving its London-Paris route with the train since November 2015, but has required the consent of Belgian authorities to operate the e320 into Brussels Midi station.
It has a seating capacity of just under 900 passengers, an increase of around 20 per cent on the 750-capacity Alstom currently operating the route.
The introduction of the e320 on the Brussels route, follows the recent renovation of the Eurostar terminal at Brussels Midi, including an expanded departures area.
Eurostar said it was also in the “final stages of planning” for its new direct Netherlands service, with a routes to Amsterdam expected to launch by the end of this year, and services to Rotterdam also planned.