German rail operator Deustche Bahn has been granted permission to run services through the Channel Tunnel.
The agreement will see the operator run its high-speed trains straight from London to Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
It is thought the services will be launched in 2016 and comes after years of negotiations and tests. The journey time from London to Frankfurt will be four and a half hours.
“Twenty years after the start of commercial services, the Authorities have finally opened the Channel Tunnel to all. This is wonderful news for the millions of passengers in northern Europe who can now use this most environmentally friendly means of transport to travel to London,” said Jacques Gounon, chairman and CEO of Euotunnel SA.