30 years ago, I spent a lot of money to buy Eurotunnel shares. Although this didn’t pay off financially, it still makes me proud to have been part of this great development.

This morning heralded the launch of direct high-speed passenger rail services between London and Amsterdam via the Channel Tunnel.

On the eve of the UK leaving the European Union, this new link is a very powerful sign of confidence in the strength of cross-Channel traffic. The new Eurostar service, in the medium term, should capture a little over a quarter of the air traffic on the route, equivalent to more than a million passengers per year.