St Pancras gets royal opening

The restored St Pancras International station has had a royal opening, signalling one week to go before Eurostar launches its services from the terminal.

The Queen officially opened the restored St Pancras International on the evening of November 6th, beginning the seven-day countdown to Eurostar's launch of its services from the station on the morning of November 14th.

A ceremony took place where HM Queen Elizabeth II was joined by various VIPs and dignitaries to celebrate the culmination of a £5.8 billion engineering project at St Pancras.

Commenting on the development, James Bidwell, chief executive of tourism agency Visit London, said: "The restoration and extension of iconic St Pancras station is a tremendous boost for London.

"St Pancras International is not only the new, spectacular home of Eurostar but also a grand retail and hospitality destination which will welcome many millions of visitors to London in great style."

The station will host its first Eurostar service just after 11:00 GMT on November 14th, following the rail operator's overnight transition from Waterloo International.

Trains will be able to travel at their full speed of 186mph using the new line, cutting journey times between London and the continent by at least 20 minutes.

Eurostar recently announced that it has already taken bookings from a million people to travel on the high-speed connection.

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