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Date: 05/28/02 23:43
Escaped Eurostars
Author: peterrobinson

My wife was scanning through some UK news websites today and came across an article stating that Great North Eastern had leased three spare Eurostar train-sets to work additional express trains between London KX and Leeds. The expansion of services coincides with the completion of resignalling and upgrading of Leeds City station. The fastest train of the day is scheduled to cover the 187 miles between Leeds and London in 119 mins - that\'s an average of 97.8, with a standard time of 135 to 140 mins. Leeds (pop. 550,000) is rapidly overtaking Manchester as the commercial capital of Northern England. Reports suggest that some 26 roundtrips each weekday travel the Leeds-London corridor. I can recall the the days not so long ago (1987) when an hourly Leeds - London service was introduced, frequencies have now almost doubled. Peter+

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