DB still planning to run Frankfurt to London trains

By Keith Fender

The RM has confirmed that Deutsche Bahn (DB) still sees London as a viable market.

This follows denials in a national newspaper report that the company planned to begin Frankfurt to London services in 2020.

DB Class 406 ICE No. 4685 on display at St Pancras International on October 19, 2010. KEITH FENDER

In a statement to The RM, DB said: “In the medium-term DB is still interested in operating an ICE train service from Germany to London.

“We were pleased to have been granted the operating certificate to run passenger services through the Channel Tunnel in June 2013, however the start date of our ICE services to London depends on the delivery of the Class 407 ICE trains.

“As the approval for these new ICE trains for both Belgium and northern France is behind schedule, and as the economics of the service have yet to be fully evaluated, we cannot give a definite start date or any further details about the planned services.”

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