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Leading article: Speeding into the future?

Men and maids of Kent should be happy, particularly those who work in London. From today 29 Japanese-built Hitachi Javelin trains, with top speeds of 140mph, will hurtle between Folkestone and the capital. This will cut the one-hour journey time between Ashford and London almost in half, and the journey time from Dover to St Pancras to 69 minutes.

Dominic Lawson: Europe will always be a foreign land for the British

'The Continent' is what we called it, with the understanding we were not of it

Citi and UBS to advise on sales

Investment banks Citi and UBS will be retained as advisers to the Government and London & Continental Railways (LCR), when the Channel Tunnel rail link is sold next year.

Eurostar passenger numbers jump 8%

Channel Tunnel train firm Eurostar's passenger numbers rose this summer as more UK holidaymakers escaped to the Continent on cheap getaways.

Mandelson defends public assets sale

The Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today defended a multi-billion pound sale of public assets as "a much better thing to do than savagely cutting public expenditure".

For sale: one bridge, a bookmaker and millions of student loans

Brown gambles on huge sale of assets to balance books

James Moore: Less family silver – more of a car boot sale

It looks like great idea in principle – raise funds to plug the gaping hole in Britain's public finances by selling off state assets.

Refugees in Calais 'Jungle' barred from crossing UK shores

Britain will not take any of the 2,000 asylum-seekers to be evicted, among them Afghans and Iraqis

On The Road: No clothes needed in New Zealand – just bring a torch

I found myself in Milford Sound on the day of the annual Great Naked Tunnel Race. Well, surely it would be rude not to take part?

Illegal immigrant hid under border agency bus

An illegal immigrant was on the run in the UK today after smuggling himself into Britain underneath a coach full of Border Agency officials, the Home Office confirmed.

Bank crisis causes dip in Eurostar business travel

Cross-channel trains suffer corporate downturn alongside airline rivals

140mph trains previewed, but they'll cost more

Rail passengers on busy commuter routes will get their first taste of new 140mph "Javelin" trains later this month - but will have to pay more to use them, it was announced today.

John Murphy: Businessman whose name was synonymous with the construction industry

From the outbreak of the Second World War right through to preparations for the London Olympics, John James Murphy organised armies of construction workers, many of them from his native Ireland, to provide a large slice of Britain’s infrastructure. His life took him from County Kerry’s Cahirciveen, one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions, to the mud of the building sites of London and elsewhere. In the process his name became synonymous with the construction business.

French ports blockade may go inland

Fishermen split over pay-off, but Channel Tunnel is a likely target for further protests

Mary Dejevsky: We are storing up a lot of trouble for the next generation

Governments of the future face as yet unsuspected liabilities
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