Posted 26th September 2011 | 2 Comments
Deutsche Bahn abandons pre-Olympic London launch
THE GERMAN state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn has abandoned its plans to launch services to London in time for the Olympics next summer, but will be offering services to London from the end of 2013.
The news came during a briefing to the travel trade at St Pancras made by DB's UK Sales Director Oliver Schmidt.
When a DB ICE train made a formal visit to St Pancras last October, there were hints that DB had its eyes on the opportunities presented by the Olympics, but a source told Railnews that there was not enough time to complete the technical details, particularly the negotiations with the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority to allow sets with distributed traction, rather than a power car at each end, to travel through the Tunnel.
Instead, DB is now firming up its plans to launch through services between London and Amsterdam and also London and Cologne. Its London trains will travel as far as Brussels, and divide there into portions for the Netherlands and Germany.
Dr Rüdiger Grube, chairman of the Deutsche Bahn management board, added: 'By making full use of the opportunities afforded by the liberalisation of the European rail transport market, we are able to offer our customers genuine alternatives to air travel.'
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