I covered the issue of DB’s Channel Tunnel services in ‘Platform’ last March.
Basically, DB has encountered problems with the special ICE trains which it intends to run through the Tunnel.
There are technical issues at Siemens (the ICE manufacturer) and in addition the inter-governmental Channel Tunnel body has still not given its permission for the ICE trains to operate within the Tunnel.
The issue is that each complete DB train set will be formed of two trains linked together.
This differs from the existing and planned newer Eurostar trains which consist of one complete unit.
DB’s idea (and one which is commercially more viable, I believe) is that one train would depart London and then split into two sections upon arrival in Brussels. One set would proceed to Amsterdam with the other heading for Germany.
DB had planned to run its ICEs from London to Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne and Frankfurt this year.
Now DB has issued a tentative start date of 2016.
But nothing is certain until a) the technical issues can be resolved and b) the ICE trains are certified to run through the Tunnel.