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Deutsche Bahn, the famous rail transport company will launch a train under the Channel Tunnel in 2013 from London to Germany or the Netherlands!

La DB, célébre entreprise de transport ferroviaire allemande, lancera un train dans le tunnel sous la manche en 2013 pour rejoudre l'Allemagne et les Pays Bas depuis Londres! 

 DB to start London services in 2013

  German rail operator Deutsche Bahn has reportedly confirmed that it will begin services to London from 2013. 

According to reports by ABTN, the German state railway network will run three services a day between London St Pancras and Brussels, beginning in December 2013. 

The high-speed trains will then divide, with one half going north to Amsterdam via Rotterdam and another to Frankfurt via Cologne, reports ABTN. 

At the moment, passengers to Amsterdam must use Eurostar to Brussels before changing for the Thalys high-speed train, and passengers to Frankfurt must change for Deutsche Bahn's ICE service. 

The report suggests that a journey from London to Frankfurt by train will take just over five hours, and London to Amsterdam will be just under four hours. 

Deutsche Bahn first tested its trains in the Eurotunnel last year, hinting that before long it would look to break the long-held monopoly of cross-channel rail services prized by Eurostar. 

The Siemens-built ICE3 train was the first passenger train not run by Eurostar to enter the tunnel, although it passed through at a sedate 30 kilometers per hour, a world away from the blistering 300km/h-plus speeds the ICE3 and Eurostar trains are capable of. 

Now, it looks like German trains will become a regular fixture on the iconic underseas route - although it seems they won't be in place in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Deutsche Bahn's initial target. 

The Independent 

20 September 2011 

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Vocabulary box English/French:

A rail operator: exploitant ferroviaire

From 2013 : à partir de 2013

According to : d'après/selon

the state rail network : le réseau ferroviaire national

to run (ici): opérer, faire fonctionner

one half: une moitié

going north: qui va vers le Nord

via: par

a journey : un trajet

over 5 hours: un peu plus de 5 heures

under four hours : moins de 4 heures

hinting that: laissant entendre que

to break the monopoly : briser le monopole

long-held : longtemps détenu

cross-channel rail services: services de train pour traversée de la Manche

not run by Eurostar: pas exploité par Eurostar

although: bien que

it passed through: il soit passé

sedate: calme, modéré

blistering 300km/h: foudroyant 300 kilometre/heure

it looks like: on dirait que

a regular fixture: une institution

underseas route: itinéraires sous-marins

won't be in place in time: ne seront pas prêt à l'heure

target: cible