The first e320 trains are undergoing tests and will start to enter service between London, Paris and Brussels at the end of 2015. They are part of £700m investment programme which includes the refurbishment of the existing fleet.

The e320 has a maximum speed of 320km/h and will be the first passenger train with distributed traction to enter commercial service through the Channel Tunnel. The existing trains have power cars at each end and a top speed of 300km/h.

The livery and the interior of the new trains have been designed by Pininfarina, Italy. Eurostar says that despite having 900 seats – 20% more than the existing trains – passengers will have more room. All passengers will have access to free Wi-Fi and power sockets.

Eurostar e320-businesspremier

Interior of a business-premier coach.