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Twenty years of Eurostar travel

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Eurostar high-speed rail service between London and Paris, and which has been known to take as little as two hours and 15 minutes.

Work on the Channel Tunnel began in 1987, with boring starting on the British side in December, and then two months later on the French side.

Trains began running to and from London Waterloo International and Paris Gare du Nord in November 1994. The cross-channel rail company quickly began providing a service to other European cities including Brussels, Lille and Antwerp.

Trains will go to Rotterdam and Amsterdam in 2016.


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