Exactly one year from now, it is going to be a lot quicker to travel from Paris to London. The opening date for the high-speed passenger rail link on the British side of the Channel Tunnel has just been announced. On 14 November 2007 the newly refurbished St Pancras Station will see the departure of its first train on the new line. It line will open on the 13th anniversary of the first train running through the Channel Tunnel. Trips between London and Paris will take two hours 15 minutes, that is 20 minutes faster than the current quickest time: the journey to Brussels will be one hour 51 minutes.
Train operator Eurostar is hoping the faster journey times and better connections from St Pancras will encourage more people to use the rail service, which they are touting as less destructive to the environment than air travel which produced more carbon dioxide. The new line is costing 8.4 billion euros to build.