Interesting; Birmingham to Paris by Eurostar, in four hours, possibly even using a direct “through” train. Although it sounds like it’ll be Birmingham to St. Pancras via a Midland Mainline (ugh!) service, change onto a Eurostar then go from St. Pancras to Paris. Not quite as exciting as being on a direct-service non-stop Eurostar as it pulls out of Birmingham New St. headed for Paris. The service should start to bed down by about December 2007, and there could be some interesting return traffic for Birmingham.