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St Pancras Station, St Pancras, London, United Kingdom 
Wednesday 07 Nov 2007
 
New rail experience for London 
 
Photo: Anwar Hussein Collection/Getty Images 
 
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Champagne all the way at the best station in the world... 

This week saw the opening of the long awaited Eurostar terminus at St Pancras station in London. The new station will replace the original at Waterloo and sit at the end of the new high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link(CTRL). The entire project was built by London & Continental Railways (LCR) and came in on time – proving that huge contracts can be delivered on time and in budget. The station was officially opened by the Queen at a celebration marking the completion of one of Britain's largest construction projects costing a total of £5.2bn and taking 10 years.
The celebrations included an orchestra, singers and giant screens. The original William Barlow shed was transformed into a theatre to entertain the 1,000 guests. A major seal of approval came from an unexpected source when the boss of the highly acclaimed French railway network, SNCF, Guillaume Pépy, described the new St Pancras as The celebrations included an orchestra, singers and giant screens. The original William Barlow shed was transformed into a theatre to entertain the 1,000 guests.
A major seal of approval came from an unexpected source when the boss of the highly acclaimed French railway network, SNCF, Guillaume Pépy, described the new St Pancras as, “Possibly the best station in the world”.
The newly rejuvenated station will not only become the new starting point for passengers traveling to European destinations but will also provide high speed links to Kent and the Midlands. The St Pancras hub also serves the overground ThamesLink line and a huge underground interchange with access to many of the London Tube lines beneath.
St Pancras will connect to the Channel Tunnel via a the new 68 mile high-speed dedicated line much of which is in a tunnel. Industry sources are speculating that the line may now be sold and German rail network operator Deutsche Bahn are said to be interested. This would open up the German network to the UK.
The new concourse, as part of the masterplan designed by Fosters abuts the restored Barlow shed originally constructed in 1868. At the time it was heralded as cutting edge, being widest unsupported span of its age. Retail and catering services will like most airports play a big role the operation of the station and St Pancras will boast the longest Champagne bar in the world at 300ft.
The Eurostar trains can now travel at 186mph on both sides of the Channel and scheduled services will commence on 14 November.

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