Eurostar trains have reached record speeds of 255km/h during dynamic testing along Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) section two between Ebbsfleet and St Pancras. 'We started running trains slowly and have built up speed, culminating in tests at 110% of the line speed limit, ' said a spokesman for owners London & Continental Railways.
'We've run trains under London faster than a train has ever been run before ? and faster than they're ever likely to run again.' The trip from Ebbsfleet to St Pancras was done in 12 minutes, it is believed. Dynamic testing started in March following completion of static tests in January and February.
Junctions between the new line and Network Rail's lines outside St Pancras station, Ebbsfleet and at Ripple Lane near Dagenham are being tested by running short trains over them.
Beijing police have detained 10 people in connection with the collapse of an underground railway tunnel being built for next year's Olympic Games. The Beijing Times accused a state-owned contractor of attempting to cover up the collapse and said that rather than call emergency services it carried out its own eighthour rescue attempt to free six workers trapped beneath 11m of concrete and earth. All six are now believed dead.
Managers are reported to have conscated the mobile phones of workers and told them not to speak to the media or the police. Beijing police only learned of the incident after a worker managed to contact police in his home town who relayed the information back to Beijing. The supervisor and designer are said to be among the 10 detained.