Auf wiedersehn, jet
September 20, 2010 4:30 AM Subscribe
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On the 19th of October, a Deutsche Bahn ICE3
train will travel from Germany to London through the Channel Tunnel
The train will not be carrying passengers; it will be involved in a safety exercise in the Tunnel, before making an appearance at St. Pancras International. Assuming that safety tests (of which there are many) go well, Deutsche Bahn expect to start a service between Frankfurt and London, via Cologne and Brussels, by the end of 2013. The full passenger journey is expected to take between 4 and 5 hours, making it competitive with scheduled air travel. This will be the first direct rail connection between Britain and Germany; at the moment, Channel Tunnel trains travel only as far as France and Belgium.