Eurostar considers new Bordeaux route

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Looking to spread its network further into France, Eurostar is said to be considering the possibility of a Bordeaux link in 2017.

Following the announcement of its upcoming London to Amsterdam route, Eurostar hopes to start a new service from the United Kingdom to Bordeaux in the south-west of France, possibly as early as next year.

The service would only take four hours

The service would only take four hours
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The London-Bordeaux service would only take around four hours due to the implementation of a 6.1 billion high-speed link from Tours to the city next year.

The new Amsterdam service is due to start in 2017 following the new route to Marseilles, in the south of France, which was launched last summer. Should plans for a route to Bordeaux progress however, services are unlikely to start until 2019 or 2020.

Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar's chief executive, told the Times: "There is nothing decided at the moment beyond Amsterdam, but we are looking at opportunities maybe in Bordeaux because of the new high-speed line opening in 2017."

The chief executive said he believes that the French city would be highly attractive to Brits. The city's world famous vineyards are an obvious attraction, while a new 58 million wine museum, dubbed the "Guggenheim of wine", is due to open in June.

Eurostar continues to look onwards and upwards after reporting a significant drop in profits last year due to the Paris attacks and the migrant crisis.

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