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Two weeks after a fire closed the Channel Tunnel, passenger trains resumed near-normal service between London and Paris on Wednesday, a reopening greeted by champagne and unabated controversy. Ten journalists were the only passengers when the first Eurostar left London's Waterloo Station at 5:50 a.m., but traffic built up during the day as the line resumed about 90% of its scheduled service to Paris and Brussels. "There were no technical problems at all today. Safety is our No. 1 priority.
May 18, 1997
The train service that carries tourists and their cars through the Channel Tunnel, between Folkestone, Britain, and Calais, France, resumed its full schedule last week. Le Shuttle had reduced service to two trains each way per hour, from four trains each way per hour, after a fire in November damaged part of the tunnel. Repairs on the damaged track were finished last week. Round-trip fares start at about $103 per car, regardless of the number of people riding in it.
May 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Graffiti impresario Banksy and airbrush-wielding guerrilla artists blanketed the walls of an abandoned London tunnel with offbeat murals Friday as part of a three-day stencil-art street party. Banksy marshaled more than three dozen international artists for what he's calling the "Cans Festival" -- and is encouraging visitors to contribute their own graffiti starting today. "I'm hoping we can transform a dark forgotten filth pit into an oasis of beautiful art -- in a dark forgotten filth pit," Banksy was quoted as saying in the Times of London, which carried a preview of the exhibition Friday.
May 21, 2000
Rail Europe now offers discounted round-trip fares on its Channel Tunnel Eurostar train from London; previously only one-way fares were sold. Round trips to either Paris or Brussels start at $158, compared with a one-way fare of $119. Also, new high-speed Thalys trains that cut travel time between Geneva and Brussels to five hours, 15 minutes will begin daily service May 28. The trip currently takes seven to 10 hours, depending on the route. Round-trip fares begin at $220.
November 12, 2000 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
Rail Europe this month began selling a new France Weekender Pass, which offers four consecutive days of unlimited rail travel in France for $119 coach and $139 first class. It is designed, in part, to encourage off-season travelers who take the Eurostar train from London to Paris to extend their trip into a "mini-tour." Travel must include a Saturday and Sunday. The pass can be bought through Feb.
June 11, 1995
San Francisco's Galleria Park Hotel, 191 Sutter St., a Kimpton Group hotel, will offer discounted weekend rates July 1 through Aug. 31 based on the last two digits of the year you were born. So, if you were born in 1940, you pay $40 a night. (Regularly published rates start at $149.) Rates are based on availability and single occupancy; a second person is $20 per night.
September 4, 1994
Once again, there is a scheduled start date for Channel Tunnel passenger train service between London and Paris and London and Brussels. But so far, there are no rates, no reservations nor any firm word on how many trains will be making the first trips. High-speed passenger service, called Eurostar, is scheduled to begin Oct. 23 (pending final approval by a Joint Inter-Governmental Committee).
Along with the tourists and traders speeding in air-conditioned comfort through the Channel Tunnel linking Britain and the rest of Europe, increasing numbers of undocumented immigrants are arriving in London seeking political asylum. The traffic is orchestrated, British officials say, by legally savvy and technologically sophisticated people movers--a tony European version of the "coyotes" who work the Rio Grande.
September 23, 2007 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
London Bargain airlines hold surprises in Europe, where trains zoom between cities at up to 199 mph. But not so fast! Which is best for navigating the Continent? Ease and economy duke it out. -- Cheap, fast transportation continues to be the talk of Europe, where dozens of budget airlines tout fares as low as $1 and trains blaze through 10 nations at 150 mph and more. Planes cost less and get you there faster. Trains cost more and take longer. So it's clear that planes ace trains, right? Wrong.
February 18, 2007 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
THE growth in lowfare air carriers flying in Europe coincides with a growing awareness of the environmental effects of air travel. The amount of carbon dioxide (which many scientists link to global warming) generated per passenger on short-haul flights is about four times that generated by a train trip, according to the Carbon Neutral Co. The company, based in Britain, helps businesses and individuals mitigate their contribution to global warming.
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