19 NOVEMBER 2012
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The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, joined Eurostar Chief Executive, Nicolas Petrovic, on the Eurostar platforms at London’s St Pancras Station on Wednesday 14 November, to cut a special birthday cake for a whole series of celebrations.
As well as being Eurostar’s 18th birthday, the day also marked both the 5th anniversary of the move from Waterloo International to its new home at St Pancras International and the opening of HS1, the UK’s first high-speed rail line, in 2007.
Commenting on the landmark moment in Eurostar’s history, Minister Loughlin said: “This important milestone marks the coming of age of Eurostar and it is testament to its success that we now think nothing of hopping on a train in London and getting off in Paris or Brussels. The last five years have also given the UK its first real taste of high speed rail. From the splendour of the redesigned St Pancras to the mouth of the channel tunnel itself, HS1 shows what a difference such projects can make. That is why I am determined to press ahead with HS2 – a network that will build on the success of HS1 to deliver jobs, growth and much-needed extra rail capacity”. www.eurostar.com
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