Eurostar breaks record on Paris-London run

Posted on September 4, 2007

High-speed train operator, Eurostar, achieved the fastest-ever journey time Wednesday between the French and British capitals, with a record-breaking run of just 2 hours and 3 minutes.  

The train left Gare du Nord station in Paris at 10.44 CET, arriving in St. Pancras International at 11.47 BST (there is a one hour difference between the two time zones). It travelled at speeds of up to 200mph (320km/h) on the Ligne a Grande Vitesse across northern France and on the U.K.’s new high-speed line, High Speed 1. The record was set 10 weeks ahead of the launch of services at St. Pancras International on Nov. 14. 

Eurostar will move to its new London terminal overnight, with services at Waterloo ending the previous evening. The move will cut at least 20 minutes off journey times between London, Paris and Brussels.  

"Eurostar has today proved that our 186 mph trains are by far the quickest way of travelling between France and Britain," said Eurostar CEO Richard Brown.

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