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Germans challenge Eurostar for tunnel passengers

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Germans challenge Eurostar for tunnel passengers


German rail company, Deutche Bahn has unveiled its own high speed train with which it hopes to use on a new London to Frankfurt route.

The Intercity Express which is made by Siemens and can reach speeds of up to 320 kilometres per hour was shown off at London’s St Pancras station. It is set to challenge Eurostar’s monopoly of passenger and freight services.

Eurotunnel operator “High Speed One” Paul Chapman was enthusiastic.
“ This is why we built the railway in the first place, to provide the links into Europe and destinations beyond just Paris and Brussels. You’ve got a choice of carriers, you’ve got Eurostar and you’ve got Deutche Bahn and we should see prices come down under competition.”

Eurostar carried over 9 million passengers through the tunnel in 2009 and says there is still around 50 per cent spare capacity.The Deutche Bahn service is due to be launched in 2013.

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