Direct Train Services between London and Amsterdam and Frankfurt by 2013

Direct services from London to Frankfurt and Amsterdam may be in operation by 2013, should German rail operator Deutsche Bahn have its way.

It is hoping to receive safety approval to run its new fleet of trains through the Channel Tunnel. The German operator wants to run international services through the tunnel three times a day.

The service would be in two halves, travelling together between London and Brussels, before splitting, with one half heading to Amsterdam via Rotterdam, and the other travelling to Frankfurt via Cologne. The service to Amsterdam is anticipated to take around 4 hours, which would make travelling to the city by high-speed train rather than plane an even more appealing option. Travel to Frankfurt would take around 5 hours.

For any international train fans, the train that is proposed for use by DB is on display for one day only (Tuesday 19th October) at St Pancras International Station.

More information on the Deutsche Bahn website, or through BBC News.

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