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									Title: Eurostar "Chunnel Train" To Slash London-Paris Travel Times This Fall

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Summary: Eurostar passengers are due for a service upgrade this November. That's when
the famous English Channel Tunnel train starts moving at a faster clip. Introduction of
the UK's first true high-speed line has been much anticipated. It promises a greener, more
convenient travel experience... along with shorter trip times between Southeast England
and Europe.

It has been over a dozen years since Eurostar initiated direct passenger rail linking
London with Brussels and Paris. In ...


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Article Body: Eurostar passengers are due for a service upgrade this November. That's
when the famous English Channel Tunnel train starts moving at a faster clip. Introduction
of the UK's first true high-speed line has been much anticipated. It promises a greener,
more convenient travel experience... along with shorter trip times between Southeast
England and Europe.

It has been over a dozen years since Eurostar initiated direct passenger rail linking
London with Brussels and Paris. In that time, the train has become the preferred choice
for crossing between Britain and the Continent -- more popular than either channel ferries
or travel by air. Now, with new high-speed track between London and the coast cutting at
least 20 minutes off travel times, the under-sea shuttle promises to be more popular than
ever.

The skinny on the project is High Speed 1 (HS1), a 68-mi/109-km fast track formerly
called the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Over a decade in the making, the line will enable
Eurostar to sustain speeds of up to 186-mph/300-km/h. In practical terms that means
London to Paris Gare du Nord in two-and-a-quarter hours; Brussels and other points in
even less. Also, for the first time, early morning trains will enable UK business travelers
to reach Paris, Brussels or Lille in time to do a full day's work.

At the head of the line, Eurostar will trade its Waterloo terminus near London's South
Bank for the brilliantly restored St. Pancras Station in King's Cross. St. Pancras, together
with neighboring King's Cross and Euston Stations, will form a transport nexus befitting
21c London. Beginning in November, high-speed Eurostar trains will converge with six
Underground (Tube) lines and trains from Edinburgh, Newcastle, Brighton and the east
coast.
HS1 promises to be a boon for south-east suburban passengers looking to avoid the nasty
slog into London.

The new station at Ebbsfleet, scheduled to open within days of November's HS1 kickoff,
will incorporate a long-term car park and will be served by high-frequency shuttles to
local railway stations and to the nearby Bluewater shopping centre. A second station at
Stratford is due to come on line in time for the 2012 Olympics, while the existing station
at Ashford will continue to serve international passengers.

High-speed service from London is not limited to Paris and Brussels. Depending upon
one's departure point, a day in Calais -- with its bargain shopping and authentic bistros --
is an hour's journey or less. Minutes away are Lille -- a historic urbanity with a young
and cosmopolitan flavor -- and Disneyland Resort Paris. Seasonal runs hit the Alpine
slopes in winter and escape to sunny Provence in summer.

The Eurostar experience begins at the station. Long delays associated with air travel are
replaced by fast, secure check-in procedures. Departure lounges offer a range of airport-
style services and amenities. Once onboard, customized coaches cater to the separate
needs of executive and pleasure travelers and all coaches benefit from spacious layouts
and comfortable seating. Service levels range from economy-fare travel to a variety of
first class options.

Speed, convenience and comfort are just part of the overall Eurostar experience. An
independent study has shown that air passengers generate ten times greater greenhouse
gas emissions than travelers who choose high-speed rail. And, thanks to HS1, Eurostar is
committed to achieving "carbon neutrality" by reducing carbon dioxide emmissions by
25% by 2012.

Eurostar HS1 service commences Wednesday, 14 November 2007, but first day tickets
are sold out so if you haven't already booked your travel you'll need to adjust your plans
(trains will continue to serve Waterloo through 13 November). For complete travel
details, and to book Eurostar travel online, visit http://www.traintraveling.com/eurostar

								
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