Eurostar and Thalys: Merger will make it easier to travel by train between five countries

Two high-speed train companies are joining forces to create a rail giant that will serve five countries across the continent.

Eurostar and Thalys will combine into a single operator connecting the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, after the European Commission approved the merger on Tuesday.

It was first announced in 2019 but the pandemic caused ticket sales to drop overnight, pushing back the plans. Both companies suffered financial difficulties with Eurostar nearly going out of business.

Now the decision has been approved by the Commission which found that it would not raise any concerns under EU competition rules, with very little impact on the structure of the rail market.

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