International high-speed operators Eurostar and Thalys announced plans in late September to merge the two companies to create a new pan-European high-speed operator to be known as Green Speed.
French Railways (SNCF) is the majority shareholder for both operators, along with Belgian Railways (SNCB), which is a minority shareholder in both Eurostar and the two Thalys operating and commercial companies.
Patina Rail LLP (a Canadian bank consortium) has a 40% stake in Eurostar, formerly owned by the British government.
The merger is subject to competition clearance by the EU. The new merged company will have annual revenues of €1.7billion, and is aiming for 30% growth in passenger numbers by 2030.
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