DIARY: Still no sign of Channel Kennel despite canine Eurostar speed record

Eurostar is milking the fact that it has shaved 20 minutes off the London-Paris journey time by putting two guide dogs on board, hailing them the fastest canines in Europe.

The company relented on its no animals and pets policy last Wednesday by allowing Gretl and Robert on board with their respective owners, Dr Mike Nussbaum and Colin Davies. The journey was the culmination of co-operation between Eurostar, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

'After the introduction of guide dogs, we will review the possibility of carrying other assistance dogs,' says Eurostar director of comms Paul Charles. But Eurostar will continue to bar entry to other animals and pets.

The dogs travelled at an estimated speed of 186 miles per hour. Certainly beats the jam-packed and delayed 17:37 from Barking.

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