Eurostar sets Brussels-London record

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007, LONDON (AFP) - The Eurostar high-speed train set another new record on Thursday, racing from Brussels to London in less than two hours only weeks after shattering its fastest time from Paris.

20 September 2007

LONDON (AFP) - The Eurostar high-speed train set another new record on Thursday, racing from Brussels to London in less than two hours only weeks after shattering its fastest time from Paris.

The train made the trip from the European Union capital in one hour and 43 minutes, shaving at least 20 minutes off previous best times for the 232 miles (371 kilometres) to the British capital.

"Today's journey puts London and Brussels firmly within the two-hour club," said Eurostar chief executive Richard Brown, which is preparing to switch its London terminal from Waterloo to St Pancras station.

The reduction in travel time has been made possible by the completion of a new 68-mile (109 km) section of high-speed track in England.

The Eurostar link between London and Paris was launched in November 1994 after the completion of the Channel Tunnel under the English Channel, the stretch of water which separates England from France.

On 4 September, a Eurostar train travelled from Paris to London in just two hours, three minutes and 39 seconds station to station.

The record bids have been staged to herald the launch of commercial services on the new line on 14 November.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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