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Monday, 11 October 2010

Next Year's Holiday

A train in the park? London is always full of surprises. It was a promotion showing off the new trains Eurostar plans to introduce in 2011. They'll whisk us between London and Paris in 2 hours - reducing the current journey time by 15 minutes. There are plans to take in other destinations in Europe as well. Amsterdam could be a mere 4 hours away.

Flying out of London these days takes a whole day by the time you have travelled to the airports, passed security and crossed your fingers that your baggage will actually turn up at the other end.


However, a row has now broken out between the French and English members of the Eurotunnel ruling committee. The trains are German made and the French members are saying they will not meet tunnel standards for electrical safety. The English members are saying they will and the real issue is that they did not select French made trains. Alors!!

12 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

I think that is wonderful. It is so much easier to travel by train.

B SQUARED said...

Gotta love the French!

Sharon said...

I've taken the Eurostar and loved every minute of the trip. I look forward to trying these new trains one day. It certainly is a sleek new train.

Anna said...

Seems the French are enjoying being difficult these days.

jabblog said...

The French can never compromise, it seems.

Caroline said...

Well - why didnt they pick the french trains then!

William K Wallace said...

At long last they are improving things, went to Paris by Eurostar a few years back and it was so uncomfortable and the delays were a nightmare. I'm going to jump up and down with excitment at the prospect of saving 15 minutes...

jennyfreckles said...

If a train can be beautiful, that one is. Maybe I'll get to ride on it one day.

H said...

It would take me almost as long to get from Derby to St Pancras, as it would from St Pancras to Paris (and there's no water to worry about at this end of the journey!)

Steffe said...

I'm sure you will lose that 15 minutes somewhere!

Oh, it's always nice to hear that people from different EU countries in that committee get along so well!

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

ahthe politics of travel!

lewi14 said...

I like the new look of the Eurostar trains. I remember the current facilities (grey, nagged, ...). It's really time for a change of scene. I hope I can go to London with the new trains too.

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