The Coming Battle Of The Channel

More people fly between London and Paris than any other international air route--3.7 million last year. But come Nov. 14, there'll be some stiff new competition for the 40-minute hop. That's when, 18 months late, trains will start hauling passengers through the English Channel tunnel. Dubbed Eurostar, the luxurious, 185 mph clones of France's TGV trains will swish from downtown to downtown in three hours. That's about the same time as many plane trips, including taxi rides and airport hassle.

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