The UK and Continental Europe will soon get even closer. Come 2016, train travelers will be able to access Cologne and Frankfurt directly from London St. Pancras station. As reported by Wanderlust, the German rail company Deutsche Bahn was recently granted the right to run trains through the Channel Tunnel.
Currently Eurostar is the only operator of train service through the Eurotunnel connecting Dover and Calais, with some 10 million passengers traveling its high-speed trains every year. Deutsche Bahn's new route will carry 888 passengers from London to Brussels, where the train will split with half continuing to Amsterdam, and the other half traveling to Cologne and Frankfurt.