Eurostar has set a new Paris to London rail speed record of just over two hours. Food trolleys were stripped out and the train carried only half the number of passengers to achieve the feat. Reaching speeds of 299 kilometres an hour, it made the journey in two hours, three minutes and 39 seconds thanks to the new high speed rails now installed in the UK. This record attempt marked their inauguration.
Eurostar Chairman Guillaume Pepy said: “We can do the round trip to London in half a day. The two capitals are getting closer and closer.”
Rail ticket sales are booming right now as airport security queues lengthen and trains are hailed for having a lower carbon footprint. Even with all the refreshment services back on board the new, faster, service will still cut the normal journey time by 20 minutes, to two and a quarter hours each way. From November Eurostar will also have a new home, at St Pancras station rather than Waterloo.