London is 25 minutes closer

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15 November 2007, BRUSSELS - Twenty-five minutes were shaved off the train journey to London from Brussels today as the new Saint Pancras terminal in London was taken into service.

15 November 2007

BRUSSELS - Twenty-five minutes were shaved off the train journey to London from Brussels today as the new Saint Pancras terminal in London was taken into service.

Eurostar has moved its London terminal from Waterloo station to Saint Pancras station, which is fronted by a neo-Gothic hotel and renowned for its soaring Victorian train shed. The first Eurostar from Brussels arrived at Saint Pancras shortly after eleven this morning.

The first Eurostar train from Saint Pancras left for Brussels around the same time.

The journey now takes 1 hour 51 minutes.

On weekdays there are ten services a day between Brussels and London.

The shorter travelling time is due to a new dedicated high speed line that has been taken into service in the UK.

Previously trains had to use conventional rail lines for part of the UK journey. The finished route called High Speed 1 also shaves 20 minutes off the London-Paris route.

Trains can reach a speed of 300 km/h on the new 109-km stretch in England.

The new route required an investment of EUR 8.5 billion.

France, which has a national network of high-speed railways, completed its part of the Channel Tunnel link in 1993, a year before the tunnel opened.

The high-speed line to Brussels was finished in 1997.

The first Eurostar services took over 3 hours to cover the 373 km between Brussels and London.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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