Eurostar has confirmed that construction of the next batch of seven Class 374 e320 Velaros is under way, and that all seven will be in traffic by 2018.
Siemens is building the trains in Krefeld, Germany. The trains are formed of two sets of eight vehicles, and follow an initial order of ten pairs, all of which have been delivered (374001-374020). They have distributed power rather than a power car at each end.
Already in traffic, the ‘374s’ are used on St Pancras International-Paris Gare Du Nord trains. The next batch to be delivered was ordered in November 2014 and will be numbered 374021-374034.
The new trains have a maximum speed of 200mph (320kph).