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[Resource] BBC 30/7/03
Page first written 30 July 2003
Last updated 30 July 2003

New British rail speed record on CTRL (Channel Tunnel Rail Link)

In contrast to the troubled West Coast Route Modernisation, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is showing a steady progress. In the widely publicised speed test this morning on the phase 1 section of the project, a Eurostar train (the same formation as the ones in service) recorded 208mph (335km/h), a record breaking run for the British railways. With this good news, the expectation towards its opening on 28 September has never been higher.

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