Railways should have died with Brunel
History was made yesterday as the first Eurostar train left St Pancras. With a top speed of 186mph, it arrived in Paris two hours and 15 minutes later.
And it still is a 19th Century solution to a 21st Century problem. You still have to get to some god-forsaken part of London, previously only visited for contacting Ladies of certain persuasions, for the privilege of spending the equivalent of Chad's GNP on a ticket for a train that leaves at a time that suits it rather than you; "check in" so long before you could have driven to Dover in the time; face the prospect of Gordon's new railway station strip searches ; spend three hour cooped up in a metal tube with consumptive mobile phone addicts, drinking brown sludge for £5 a paper cup which slops down your trousers as tourists with backpacks push past, and for what? You end up in France, if you are lucky!
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