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Full services resume after Tunnel fire
Eurostar, the cross channel rail company, is to resume full services next month after the Tunnel fire last September.
The high speed train operator said it would resume its normal service with faster and more frequent trains on February 23.
This will mean up to 19 services a day on the London-Paris route and up to 10 on the route to Brussels.
Journey times will return to 2 hours 15 minutes for the Paris run and one hour 51 minutes for the Brussels trip.
A new direct Ashford to Brussels service, which was due to start last December, will also get underway from February 23.
After the fire in a freight train last September, Eurostar drastically cut it services and passengers suffered severe delays.
But the service later returned to 90% of its normal timetable although some journey times were longer.
Richard Brown, Eurostar's ceo, said: "We're delighted that Eurostar is returning to its normal high-speed journey times, with the centres of both Paris and Brussels broadly just two hours from London.
"This is great news for our travellers, speeding up business trips and making leisure breaks to the Continent even more attractive.
"Shorter journey times will also encourage a further switch from plane to train in our fast-growing markets in the Midlands and North of England."