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Fastest UK train completes maiden voyage

The new trains are faster than a speeding bullet - but not a Bullet train
The new trains are faster than a speeding bullet - but not a Bullet train

A test run of the UK's fastest train, the Javelin, took place in London today, in preparation for the service to begin on 29 June.

The train can travel at speeds of up to 140mph, which is set to reduce some journey times by around 43 minutes. It will travel on the Channel Tunnel line and go from Ashford to London – and vice-versa – in 37 minutes (down from 80 minutes) and Ebbsfleet to London will now take 17 minutes.

Olympic effort

The trains are made by Hitachi in Japan and have been built with the Olympics in mind – to take spectators from St Pancras to the main Olympic action in Stratford.

The full service will be in operation from December (the June launch is limited) and will cost passengers a supplementary charge to use.

Like a bullet

Just to prove that they won't be upstaged, this week also saw the announcement of a new Bullet train in Japan.

The E5-type bullet train can reach 199mph, nearly 60mph faster than the UK's effort.


Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.