Back in April 07, I blogged about a new fast rail service from Birmingham to Paris. It was then a bit of a mystery why it wasn’t to be a proper direct service run with proper Eurostar trains. It seems the answer is that our cash-strapped government has just sold the entire fleet to the French…

“A fleet of high-speed trains built to connect cities in the Midlands and the North with Paris and Brussels has quietly been handed to France. The 186mph (300km/h) trains, which cost the British taxpayer £180 million, will be used to carry French passengers between Paris and Lille. … The Government claimed that there was not enough demand for direct trains from regional cities in Britain to the Continent.”