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Deutsche Bahn Press Release Oct 19, 2010:

ICE premiere in London / Successful first safety exercise in the Channel Tunnel / Direct DB services to Frankfurt and Amsterdam envisaged alongside with expansion of other cross-border services

Chairman of the DB Management Board Dr. Rüdiger Grube: “This historic train journey will bring Germany and the UK closer together in the future” / Additional cross-border connections from Frankfurt to Brussels available in 2010 and to the South of France from 2011

(Berlin/London, 19 October 2010) After the successful test run through the Channel Tunnel at the weekend, Deutsche Bahn presented an ICE in London for the first time on Tuesday. Attending the presentation of the ICE 3 at St. Pancras International station were Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers MP, UK Minister of State for Transport, Dr. Peter Ramsauer, German Federal Minister of Transport, Construction and Urban Development, as well as Paul Chapman, managing director of High Speed 1, Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the DB Management Board, with Ulrich Homburg and Dr. Richard Lutz, Members of the DB Management Board.

“This historic train journey will bring Germany and the UK closer together in the future. We have now reached the first milestone on the road to a regular direct ICE connection from 2013” confirmed Dr. Grube. “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.”

UK Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said: “It is great news that passengers can look forward to reaching new European destinations in an easier, greener way from 2013. For many people high speed rail is a more convenient alternative to air or road - allowing them to hop on board in the city centre and catch up on some work along the way. I am sure these new continental services will prove popular with business travellers and tourists alike. They would also act as a welcome addition to the Government’s plans for a high speed rail network at home.”

Dr. Peter Ramsauer said: “The planned ICE service between Frankfurt, Cologne and London would be a tremendous step forward for European train services. The economic development of these three major cities would benefit enormously. With its introduction, business people and tourists alike would get an extremely attractive and climate-friendly service between the Main, the Rhine and the River Thames.”

Paul Chapman, managing director of High Speed 1, said: “High Speed 1 welcomes Deutsche Bahn to St Pancras International. This is not only a hugely important development for high speed rail travel in the UK but fabulous news for our growing numbers of passengers.”

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