Last week, the Queen was there to reopen the “Cathedral for Railways”, St. Pancras. Today, the Eurostar will arrive in its new British home. It is a landmark occasion: the restoration of St Pancras, a Victorian monument to Great British Engineering, meets the high speed Eurostar – the train that connects London with Paris. It is also the completion of 9 year £5.8 billion channel tunnel project, and Britain has now joined the High Speed Rail club.
This high speed connection links the UK with Europe. Calais is less than an hour away, making it faster to get to than Brighton. Paris is barely 2:15 away, closer than Manchester. This fast link to Paris and the ongoing TGV fast rail network, means most of Europe is now a few hours by train away.