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The question St Pancras

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Eurostar executives are reportedly worried that London St Pancras is too obscure as a station name for European visitors.

So despite being perfectly acceptable as a name since 1868, St Pancras may be no more when Eurostar trains start arriving at the London terminus in 2007.

Would you change it?

Poppycock. Save St Pancras.

As a country our main attraction to tourists is that everything is steeped in history: the system of government, the landmarks, the transport system and most of the hotels. The Eurostar executives should concentrate their navel gazing closer to home.

'Eurostar' itself defies the Trade Descriptions Act. Its finances are far from stellar and passenger services extend only to France and Belgium!

Andrew Powell, 40, senior group engineer, Manchester It seems a pity to have to rename St Pancras but should it be decided that it must, let us acknowledge our European heritage and go for London Gare de l'Europe.

Bryan Stead, 58, independent consultant, Norfolk It is has to be a subtle blend of French, English and engineering excellence: London Brunel Station.

I can see it now. . .

Andy Walker, 40, communications director, London It would be a shame to change the name of St Pancras Station. In Paris the Eurostar arrives at the Gare du Nord and in Brussels at the Gare du Midi - not exactly inspiring or descriptive names, except that they imply they are somewhere in the north or middle of the city. If they must change the name as some corporate rebranding exercise then the best option is St Pancras International, but as they say: 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

Tom Betts, 30, senior project engineer, Northamptonshire Actually, 'St Pancrasse' is a saint on this side of the Channel too, albeit a lesser-known one, so it's not quite as obscure as all that.

But if we must change it, how about reprising a previous example of high-speed Anglo-French cooperation and going for 'London Concorde'. Although I guess BA would get in a huff about that.

Luc Koefman, 33, windfarm engineer, France How about London Thames Central, nice and easy to pronounce if you're a sane resident from Paris.

Dudley Swain, 56, performance manger, Exeter

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