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Frankfurt London high speed rail link plan back in motion

Plans to begin high-speed rail services between Frankfurt and London has been put back on track.

The efforts had been thwarted following a row regarding safety in the Channel tunnel, however Germany’s Deutsche Bahn is now set to be given backing for its plans following an independent report on the situation. Deutsche Bahn wants to use a state-of-the-art Teutonic Eurostar on the route but its plans were stalled when French regulators said that a review of the rolling stock was needed.

But this week saw reports surface that the European Railways Agency will soon endorse the Siemens-made train despite having beaten France’s Alstom to the punch. Alstom had raised concerns that the German inter-city express (aka ICE) trains would be unsafe for the route because the trains’ engines are located underneath the carriages, which was then backed by the French government.

Inside sources now say that the ‘distributed power’ system on the ICE trains will soon be given the green light by the ERA, which will pave the way for Deutsche Bahn’s plans to begin 200mph service between the UK capital and Frankfurt, Cologne, Rotterdam and Amsterdam beginning in December of 2013. The move would mean a 10% increase for the UK-continental Europe rail market, climbing to about 1 million passengers annually.

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