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Deutsche Bahn London Route Delayed to 2015 as Trains Held Up

Deutsche Bahn AG said its planned rail service from Frankfurt to London via the Channel Tunnel has been put back from 2013 to 2015.

Delays in the delivery of 16 new high-speed trains from Siemens AG mean that the planned three-times-daily service won’t now start as scheduled, according to a spokeswoman who declined to be named, citing policy at Berlin-based Deutsche Bahn.

Eurostar Group Ltd., the only passenger-express operator through the tunnel on routes linking London with Paris and Brussels, is planning expanded services of its own, with trains reaching Amsterdam, Cologne and Frankfurt as early as 2014.

Production of the latest Velaro-D trains to be used for Deutsche Bahn’s ICE or Intercity-Express service to the U.K. has been held up by delays at components suppliers, said Peter Gottal, a spokesman for Munich-based Siemens. Eurostar e320 trains also based on the Velaro series are unaffected, he said.

“The trains ordered by Eurostar are currently being produced and will be delivered in 2014 as planned,” Gottal said.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported the Deutsche Bahn delay in previews of articles to be published tomorrow.

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