Royals to open Eurostar’s St Pancras International terminal

St Pancras International will be officially opened by the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this evening (November 6).

The new terminal for Eurostar trains will receive the royal visit before it starts its first public train services on November 14. 

Visit London chief executive James Bidwell 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 culmination of the 10 year St Pancras restoration project is a truly historic moment for London and symbolic of our great city as we prepare for 2012.”

The refurbished station in north London replaces Waterloo International as Eurostar’s international terminal and is expected to reduce the journey between London and

Paris by up to 20 minutes thanks to improved tracks being used in the UK.

It set a new record on its inaugural journey last month when the train travelled from Brussels to London in one hour 43 minutes and 53 seconds.

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