UK / Germay:Deutsche Bahn hails ‘new age’ of rail travel after Chunnel crossing

Source: The Local
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The head of German rail firm Deutsche Bahn said Tuesday that transport was on the cusp of a new age, after the first German train sped between France and Britain through the Channel Tunnel.

The high-speed ICE train made its first trip all the way through the tunnel under the English Channel overnight and was welcomed at London’s St. Pancras station by German and British officials.

The German rail operator wants to run regular services from the heart of Europe to London within three years, taking advantage of European Union rules that open up rail competition.

“We feel … that rail transport in Europe stands on the threshold of a new age,” said Rüdiger Grube, as he announced a bold timetable of trains connecting the British capital with major European cities.

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