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Eurostar could be set for expansion into new routes

Eurostar could be set to expand its portfolio by adding up to 10 new routes.

Eurostar could be set to expand its portfolio by adding up to 10 new routes.

The popular high-speed train operator, known for being the greenest option for travelling cross-channel is looking to develop new services from its London base in St Pancras.

Reports confirm that the train operator is considering 10 new city destinations in the Netherlands, Germany, Southern France and Switzerland. This is a direct challenge to airlines that already dominate those areas.

The train service, which began running in 1994 between London, Paris and Brussels, offered much faster journey times and flexibility between the cities. The move also heavily influenced the decline in air travel between the three cities.

Since that point, the Eurostar has become a well-established and well-respected link between the UK and mainland Europe. Carrying over 9.7 million passengers every year, the train has gained 80% of the market share between the cities. New destinations could include Amsterdamn, Frankfurt, Cologne, Lyon, Marseille and Geneva.

Whilst there are plans to expand the Eurostar routes, until then there are only three destinations. British holidaymakers looking to go beyond the three cities will either need to fly, take another train or alternatively hire a car.

In addition to hiring a car, motorists will need car rental insurance. This is typically designed to cover any damages, accidents or faults with the vehicle whilst it's in your hands. It would be advisable to check through any insurance policy you take out to see exactly what you are covered for.

MoneyMaxim has an extensive car hire comparison service, which allows users to compare both vehicle hire prices and insurance quotes.

If you're heading to Europe this summer but want to take your vehicle, you could use the Eurotunnel. It is worth noting that this is not designed for walking passengers though.