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High Speed train to Frankfurt from 2020?   Mar 2, 2017

I had to smile when I saw this article below in the Times!

We ran a special Train Event Day for the Travel Trade both in 2010 and 2011 to Cologne to celebrate the imminent launch of this 

service, which of course never happened.  Ironic it is announced again just as Brexit negotiations start...

Michael

 

London to Frankfurt express trains by 2020

March 2 2017, 12:01am, The Times

Deutsche Bahn is resurrecting proposals to run high-speed trains through the Channel tunnel just as Britain pulls out of the EUPAUL ROGERS/THE TIMESShareSave

Direct trains could run between London and Frankfurt within three years under plans to maintain Britain’s post-Brexit links to Europe, The Times has learnt.

Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s state rail operator, is resurrecting proposals to run high-speed trains through the Channel tunnel just as Britain pulls out of the EU.

Jacques Gounon, the chairman of Eurotunnel, said he was “quite sure” direct services would be introduced early in the next decade, and hoped they could start as soon as 2020.

The 400-mile journey linking London St Pancras with the most powerful financial centre in mainland Europe would take about five hours. Eurostar, the cross-Channel rail operator, already plans to introduce a direct route to Amsterdam this autumn.

Deutsche Bahn received a licence to run services to Frankfurt in 2013 but proposals were suspended pending the delivery of a fleet of high-speed trains. The company will prioritise the introduction of new routes to Belgium and northern France before the UK. A spokesman said the trains were behind schedule. “We still do not have the rolling stock to operate the line,” he said. “Having the trains running with the Belgian and French systems is a prerequisite to move on with our plans for the London service. The economic efficiency of the service has to be ensured.”

Mr Gounon told The Times that he was awaiting talks with Deutsche Bahn after the resignation of Rüdiger Grube as chief executive in January. His successor has yet to be named.

“I am waiting for his appointment in order to meet him to re-launch the Frankfurt to London routes through Deutsche Bahn, but it will take time,” he said. “It is something like two to three years, so we are dealing with 2020 and beyond that. I am quite sure that it will happen but it takes time of course.”

The comments were made as Liam Fox, the trade secretary, implored Germany not to punish Britain by erecting trade barriers after Brexit, warning that it would be “politically irresponsible” and “economically dangerous”.