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St Pancras opens

Eurostar High Speed 1 services commenced from St Pancras International at 11am today, the magnificently restored Victorian train station in the centre of London. See our online gallery for more photos.

St Pancras International is the centre piece of a larger project called High Speed 1 that has been ten years in the making, cost nearly £6bn and is one of the largest UK construction projects ever attempted.

St Pancras International will be five stations in one: Eurostar, High Speed domestic services to Kent -starting in 2009 - Midland Mainline, Thameslink and six London Underground lines at Kings Cross St Pancras.

It was the first major rail project in the UK for more than 100 years and at peak times during its construction 2,500 men were working on the three different levels at the station.

It's estimated that St Pancras will have 50 million visiters every year.