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Developments in Eurostar's monopoly interest readers

As the end of Eurostar's monopoly on operating the Channel Tunnel draws closer, developments in Deutsche Bahn's bid to offer service between Germany and Britain have readers writing in with their comments.

An ICE train is pictured at a platform on a bright, sunny day

ICE trains could soon be running through the Eurotunnel

The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

German Eurostar competitor completes first trip to London

I have travelled on both the ICE and TGV trains during visits to Europe. Of course, the TGV was very exciting when it first came out. The ICE has always been a smooth ride before that. So, I have no preference at this point but am glad to see competition between the two. Both ICE and TGV are comfortable and reliable, so the passenger can then choose based on price and routes. -- Rome, US

German, French rail companies on collision course over Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel is underused by rail passengers. It should be opened up to other operators in addition to Eurostar, also, London is not the only city of high population in the UK to which there should be a high speed link. Other cities that could benefit include Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. -- Roderick, Oman

Its common knowledge that protectionism is rife in France, for example cars, aircraft etc., but they must be made to realize that that behavior will not be tolerated any more. Eurostar has a perfect right to choose what is best for them - not France! -- Richard, Great Britain

French government says 'non' to German Eurostar trains

At the moment, and for a while to come, France has enough on its plate vis-a-vis the never ending number of strikes, that make running any trains, a serious challenge. The simple answer would be to increase the number of scheduled services, so that an increase in passenger volume would lead to more attractive prices in comparison to the alternative of air travel. -- Charles, Great Britain

German train completes test trip under Channel

Having had the enjoyment of riding with Deutsche Bahn in Germany on many occasions, to be able to travel to, say, Cologne without having to change at Brussels, only to find the connecting train didn't wait for the late running Eurostar service, is going to be great! But I think DB is going to have to sort out those pesky wheels once and for all before committing the ICE's to the tunnel. -- Tony, Great Britain

Deutsche Bahn's proposed high speed service from St. Pancras is wonderful news and will most certainly be a great success for both the business and leisure sectors. A growth area for sure. -- Corridan, Great Britain

Compiled by Stuart Tiffen
Editor: Chuck Penfold

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