Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The first high-speed Eurostar train sets London-Paris record

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A Eurostar train has set a new record for the fastest rail journey between Paris and London after reaching St Pancras in just two hours, three minutes and 39 seconds via the newly finished High Speed 1.

The inaugural 186mph train left Gare du Nord in Paris this morning and raced the full length of High Speed 1 to arrive at the newly-refurbished St Pancras International in London more than 30 minutes faster than the previous record of two hours and 35 minutes between the two cities. At one point it hit 200mph in the UK. The 30 minutes were saved between North Kent and London because of the dedicated new line, which, together with station improvements at St Pancras has cost £5.8 billion.

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