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Eurostar opens for business at St Pancras

12/07/2007 AT 06:25

St Pancras International has been restored to its full 19th century glory and is now a ‘destination station' for 21st century use. It boasts Europe's longest champagne bar, which runs for 97 metres right alongside the new Eurostar platforms. Over the coming weeks the champagne bar will be joined by a range of independent shops, a gastro-pub and a world-class brasserie.

Richard Brown, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said: “Today marks a new dawn for short-haul travel in Europe. Our move to St Pancras International and the introduction of through fares make Eurostar even more accessible to travellers across Britain. We will carry passengers with greater speed, ease and reliability than ever before, and our travellers will have the extra reassurance of knowing that they are making far less environmental impact compared with flying.

“St Pancras International, the London home of Eurostar, sets a new standard for train stations around the world. Passengers will experience an unrivalled level of service and comfort. They will find it even easier to connect with towns and cities across Britain. High-speed rail represents, quite simply, the future of European travel.”

Guillaume Pepy, Chairman of Eurostar, said: "Exactly thirteen years after our launch, Eurostar today begins a new chapter – linking Paris and Brussels with London at high speed all the way from the Channel tunnel to London and welcoming travellers at St Pancras International, one of the most beautiful stations in the world. This is a major step towards achieving Eurostar's ambitions of bringing European capital cities ever closer together."

Tony Juniper, executive director of Friends of the Earth, said: “Today is a landmark day for green travel and the first step towards making short-haul flights a thing of the past. Eurostar shows that short-haul rail travel is not only better for the environment than flying, but that it can also be quicker, easier and more comfortable as well.

“The Government should now do all it can to encourage people to switch from planes to trains for the short distances between Europe's great cities. It must include emissions from aircraft in its proposed Climate Change Law. We need a revolution in the way we travel in order to tackle climate change and rail is the way forward.”

Services from Eurostar's second new station, Ebbsfleet International just off junction 2 of the M25 near the Dartford crossing and Bluewater shopping centre in north Kent, will begin on Monday 19 November. Journey times will be 10 minutes shorter still than from St Pancras.

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