This news item on the BBC reports the opening of the new TGV-Est line from Paris to Strasbourg. The journey time is forecast to be 2 hours 20 minutes down from the current 4 hours with trains travelling at up to 200mph.
During my journeys to and from Switzerland for my holidays along the autoroute from Calais via Strasbourg to Mulhouse and then Basle over the last couple of years I have seen parts of this new railway take shape.
One sobering statistic is a total cost of £2.7 billion . Several times that figure has been spent in just over 100 miles from St Pancras gto Calais Frethun , though of course CTRL and Eurotunnel are vastly more heavily engineered
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