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The Channel tunnel’s passenger train service has a major problem. Now a radical shakeup might be on its way.
In Europe, the call for high-speed rail travel has reached a crescendo, echoing the desires of travelers seeking rapid, sustainable alternatives to short-haul flights and congested roads. This surge, however, encounters a significant snag: the demand outpaces the available supply. Trains are consistently at capacity, driving ticket prices to soaring heights and prompting many passengers to resort to less eco-friendly transportation options. The European populace clamors for expanded routes and increased train frequency between major cities, but their aspirations are stifled by insufficient infrastructure, political intricacies, and a dearth of investments.