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Old November 13th, 2007, 11:49 PM   #181
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I have a life, thanks for your concern. Your mistakes were so obvious and numerous that they could be spotted within a millisecond
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Old November 13th, 2007, 11:53 PM   #182
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Is there an indoor connection with King's Cross?
There might be one when King's Cross is renovated by 2009, a further ticket hall is being constructed at the tube stations which could link the two stations.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 03:26 AM   #183
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Extended Video Tour of the New St Pancras

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Old November 14th, 2007, 04:50 AM   #184
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Eurostar says goodbye to Waterloo International

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - London's Waterloo station buzzed with music and dance on Tuesday as Eurostar marked the end of 13 years of high-speed train services to the continent and prepared to move across town to the newly restored St Pancras station.

A huge banner read "Goodbye to all our friends at Waterloo ... Hello St Pancras" while music, dance and theatre groups performed in the departures hall to an audience of Eurostar travellers and intrigued onlookers.

"It's like a surprise farewell party for the staff," said Celine Cognard, 31, who works in customer services for Eurostar and danced along to the music. "Nobody here knew this was going to happen."

The party, named "Waterloo Sunset" after the 60s' song written by The Kinks about the station, also surprised passengers, some of whom had booked months in advance to take one of the last Eurostar trains from Waterloo.

"I wasn't expecting this at all -- it's great," said Frances Cui, 53, an accountant and train enthusiast watching the Waterloo festivities. "I got shares in the (Channel tunnel operator) Eurotunnel initially and took the Eurostar soon after it opened."

Since services began in November 1994, Eurostar has carried over 81 million travellers from the award-winning Waterloo International terminal, designed by prominent British architect Nicholas Grimshaw.

The service began with two trains a day between Brussels and Paris and now operates up to 17 daily services to Paris and up to 10 daily services to Brussels.

Passengers and staff said they would miss the Waterloo International terminal but were eager to travel through St Pancras station after its 800 million pound facelift.

"I think Waterloo International was sensational when it opened and St Pancras is now," said David Green, 59, who regularly takes Eurostar on business trips.

The upgrade of St Pancras station, about three miles north of Waterloo, cost 10 billion pounds and includes a high speed rail line that will cut journey times to Paris by 20 minutes.

The red-brick gothic station was originally completed during Queen Victoria's reign in 1876. It now contains Europe's longest champagne bar at 93 metres and no fast food restaurants.

The architects of St Pancras hope their elegantly restored station will offer a more stylish, romantic point of departure and arrival. (Editing by Golnar Motevalli)
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Old November 14th, 2007, 01:38 PM   #185
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Sadly the French Railways are on strike.

Still we have had plenty of time over the years to get used to French Strikes










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Old November 14th, 2007, 03:24 PM   #186
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Facts and figures on London-Paris rail link

LONDON, Nov 13, 2007 (AFP) - A new high-speed Eurostar rail service between London, Paris and Brussels, which shaves 20 minutes off the previous fastest time, will carry its first public passengers Wednesday.

The train link, which connects Britain and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel, carries around eight million passengers per year. Here are some key facts and figures:

CAME INTO SERVICE: November 1994

MAIN DESTINATIONS: London, Paris and Brussels

TRAVEL TIMES: Two hours 15 minutes between Paris and London, one hour and 51 minutes between Brussels and London and one hour 20 minutes between Lille and London from November 14.

SPEED: 300 kilometres (186 miles) per hour.

RECORDS: Paris-London in two hours and three minutes and Brussels-London in one hour 43 minutes in September.

TRACK: The High Speed 1 section of the track, recently completed on the British side and which allows the reduction in travel time, is 109 kilometres long and cost 5.8 billion pounds (8.4 billion euros, 12 billion dollars).
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Old November 14th, 2007, 06:36 PM   #187
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Full Steam Ahead now with the London Kings Cross Redvelopment due for completion in 2012.





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Old November 14th, 2007, 06:40 PM   #188
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Work has also started on the Redevelopment of Cannon Street Station in the City of London.



Euston Station is also to be redeveloped.

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Old November 14th, 2007, 06:48 PM   #189
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Another glorious London Station - Brunel's Paddington Station - part of the GWR, a UN World Heritage Site.



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Old November 14th, 2007, 07:06 PM   #190
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A couple more of London's numerous stations.

London's Victoria Station

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Fenchurch Street Station - London

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London's Liverpool Street Station



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London's Charing Cross Station

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Marylebone Station - London

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Old November 14th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #192
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The London Bridge Station Redevelopment

















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Old November 14th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #193
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Another glorious London Station - Brunel's St Pancras - part of the GWR, a UN World Heritage Site.

I think you mean Brunel's Paddington!
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Old November 15th, 2007, 12:15 AM   #194
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I think you mean Brunel's Paddington!
Yes I did - I have St Pancras on the brain, and the half a bottle of wine didn't help.

Thanks for noticing it, and I have corrected it
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Old November 15th, 2007, 12:34 AM   #195
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New Facilities at Stratford in East London.

Stratford Station

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Stratford International part of the 2012 Olympics site.

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Old November 15th, 2007, 12:47 AM   #196
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The Giant £400 million Eurostar Depot at Temple Mills in Stratford - East London is now open.

http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisur...depot_east.jsp




















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Old November 15th, 2007, 12:48 AM   #197
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New Hitachi Olympic and London/Kent - Javelin Trains



The New Hitachi Train Depot at Ashford in Kent




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Old November 15th, 2007, 01:15 AM   #198
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Britain-Europe rail link zooms into new era

LONDON, Nov 14, 2007 (AFP) - High-speed rail travel between Britain and continental Europe zoomed into a new era Wednesday as Eurostar trains began operating from a newly-renovated glitzy London hub.

The first Eurostar left St. Pancras station for Paris on time shortly after 1100 GMT and arrived just before 1315 GMT, while the popping of champagne corks awaited the first Eurostar arriving from Brussels a few minutes later.

While transport strikes gripped France, Britain's rail chiefs were celebrating for once, with the working debut of St. Pancras International after a sweeping transformation from a fading Victorian relic into a swanky terminal.

"Today marks a new dawn for short-haul travel in Europe," said Eurostar chief executive Richard Brown. "We will carry passengers with greater speed, ease and reliability than ever before."

The first train was named Tread Lightly, after Eurostar's environmentally-friendly "green" campaign aimed at cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2012.

Representatives from green group Friends of the Earth were among those travelling on the train and executive director Tony Juniper said the launch was "the first step towards making short-haul flights a thing of the past."

The new London station opened to the public at 0900 GMT, a day after services stopped at Waterloo, the station on the south side of central London which has been the British end of the line since services began in 1994.

The switch to St. Pancras, on the north side, will make it easier for passengers from the English Midlands, northern England and Scotland to connect to the continent.

"Our move to St Pancras makes Eurostar even more accessible to travellers across Britain," Brown said.

The move is the culmination of a 5.8-billion-pound (12.1-billion-dollar, 8.3-billion-euro), 10-year project to speed up travel to France and Belgium from Britain.

The new 68-mile (109-kilometre) High Speed 1 rail line between St. Pancras and the tunnel under the English Channel enables Eurostar trains to hit their full speed of 300 kilometres (190 miles) per hour.

It cuts journey times by at least 20 minutes and now links London with Paris in two hours, 15 minutes, and with Brussels in one hour, 51 minutes.

Instead of rolling in from the coast then clunking over the grimy railway arches of south London, passengers will speed underground across the capital after whizzing through the Kent countryside.

While it was all change in London, commuters faced delays and disruption on arriving in Paris, as France suffered transport chaos with the start of an open-ended strike by railway workers.

Though Eurostar insisted its services would be unaffected, the strike badly affected the French national rail network and commuter lines as well as the capital's transport system.

Rail enthusiast Anthony Broughton, 69, from Derby in the English Midlands, was part of a 30-strong party from the Derby Railway Engineering Society getting on the first Brussels train.

"This was booked a long time ago to ensure we were here today," he said.

"I think the new station is fantastic. It's amazing. They have done a good job refurbishing and restructuring and the new parts blend well with the old ones."

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip unveiled the new-look St. Pancras on November 6.

It has been kitted out with Wifi, touchscreen monitors and passenger information screens. It also hosts Europe's biggest champagne bar -- 90 metres (295 feet) long -- along with a plethora of upmarket boutiques.

The station, built in 1868, was a long-neglected Victorian Gothic revival masterpiece. But nearly 140 years of dirt has been scraped from the station's brickwork during the 800-million-pound restoration.
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Makes me wonder where the "worlds" longest champagne bar is?
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