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Three minutes late! Blame the French! Off with zee head!

British and French operators took the new TGV our for a spin yesterday and  set speed record for Paris to London. The Guardian has a fascinating report. Had it not been for a crew working on the track, it would have smashed the 2 hour mark.

Despite a hold-up that, for once, was France’s fault, the train reached speeds of up to 205mph and set a record for the fastest rail journey between the capitals of two hours, three minutes and 39 seconds. Things going faster and getting better is a curiously old-fashioned idea, but this was a genuine taste of the near future: the magnificently restored St Pancras station opens for international passengers on November 14. Eurostar has promised scheduled journey times of 2hr 15 minutes on the 306-mile route to Gare du Nord – 20 minutes quicker than the fastest services currently running from London Waterloo – with basic fares frozen at £59 return.

Filed under: International High Speed Rail

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