High Speed 1 is the railway between St Pancras in London and the Channel Tunnel and connects with the international high speed routes between London and Paris, and London and Brussels. HS1 Ltd is the owner of the stations along the route, including the magnificently refurbished St Pancras International.

Eurostar train on the high speed 1 line

The high speed railway is 109Km of railway connecting St Pancras International in London through Kent to the UK Channel Tunnel.

Passengers arrive on the East Midlands train services at St Pancras International

Along the 109km high speed route we have 4 stations serving Central London through St Pancras International, East London through Stratford International with Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International serving Kent.

St Pancras International, London

Aside of operating the railway, HS1 Ltd has commercial interests in retail, car parking and advertising media at each of the stations.

These range from major car parking operations at a parkway station such as Ebbsfleet International to the quality retail and catering offer at St Pancras International.

Shopping at St Pancras International
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FEED1St Pancras International Newshttp://stpancras.comFri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMTUmbracoLatest news from St Pancras InternationalenDennis is up to his old trickshttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/dennis-is-up-to-his-old-tricks

Dennis the Menace was spotted earlier this week again causing mischief on the station concourse. The comic book legend and his sidekick Gnasher were caught red handed trying to pull the plug on the fantastic Eurostar Christmas tree lights which were switched on by Raymond Blanc last Wednesday.

Since the installation of the Beano exhibition in October, Dennis the Menace has been regularly spotted playing pranks around the station. So, for those on the hunt for the star be sure to visit one of his most regular haunts, The Beano 75th Annual Exhibition which is on show on the upper level until 5th January 2015.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/dennis-is-up-to-his-old-tricks
Shop till you commute!http://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/shop-till-you-commute

Christmas shopping season is well and truly upon us, and with the station’s impressive selection of retailers why go gift hunting anywhere else. We have everything, all under the glorious Barlow Shed roof, from tea at Fortnum & Mason to make-up at Mac and from candles at Jo Malone to iPad at John Lewis.

To help you eager elves prepare for Christmas, we have arranged a number of late night shopping days. On the 14th, 21st, 27th ,28th November and 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th December shops are open until 10pm  and on 17th and 18th December they are open until 10.30pm! Meaning there is ample time to get everything you need.

To find out more and see our glorious gifts guides visit the St Pancras Christmas page.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/shop-till-you-commute
The grand unveiling of Eurostar’s new trainshttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/the-grand-unveiling-of-eurostars-new-trains

From the end of 2015, eager holidaymakers looking to hop across the channel will be able to board the exciting new Eurostar trains. The new e320 trains, which were launched at the station this week, will zoom along the tracks at an impressive 200mph, cutting journey times by 15 minutes.

The stylish interiors, designed by Italian design house Pininfarina, offer more space per seat, free WiFi, power points and a USB socket.

The launch came on the eve of Eurostar’s 20th anniversary where new routes where also announced for those looking to escape to Europe - May 2015 will see a service to Provence and in 2016 a direct service to Amsterdam.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/the-grand-unveiling-of-eurostars-new-trains
Festive fun arrives at the station!http://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/festive-fun-arrives-at-the-station

If you were passing through the station last night, no doubt you would have felt the fantastic French festive fun as Raymond Blanc OBE turned on the Christmas Tree Lights. The tree, which is sponsored by Eurostar as part of their 20th birthday, celebrates the station’s amazing international connections by highlighting hundreds of Christmas inspired markets across Europe.

Once the big red button had been pressed, Raymond, who is the Culinary Director at Eurostar, was joined on stage by the company’s CEO, Nicolas Petrovic and over 30 staff who have been with the business since it started two decades ago.

With the lights now on, the festive party has definitely started at the station so why not pop down and enjoy a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine!

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/festive-fun-arrives-at-the-station
East Midlands Trains Ticket Officer steams past fundraising targethttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/east-midlands-trains-ticket-officer-steams-past-fundraising-target

East Midlands Trains ticket office worker, Ron Wiltshire, is celebrating after raising over £45,000 for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Thanks to his hard work, he smashed his target of raising £25,000 for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Every year, Ron takes two weeks off in late October from his job in the ticket office at Chesterfield station to travel up and down the country selling poppies to passengers. He recently received the online backing of Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg after meeting the politician on a train journey. A truly impressive charitable feat and something the whole East Midlands network should be proud of!

If you’ve spotted Ron on your travels why don’t you follow in the footsteps of the Deputy Prime Minister and congratulate him on his work.

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/november/east-midlands-trains-ticket-officer-steams-past-fundraising-target
Beano half term funhttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/beano-half-term-fun

If putting on a fantastic exhibition, showcasing 75 years of The Beano Annual wasn’t enough, we’ve got more excitement to come during next week’s school half term.

On Monday 27th and Wednesday 29th October visitors can get creative with two hour drawing classes with Kev Sutherland, the man behind Dennis the Menace. To finish off the week of comic fun, there is mayhem and madness planned with a special one-off event with author, Steven Butler, who writes 'the diary of Dennis the Menace' series. 

All the classes are taking place at the Betjeman Arms, so make sure you’re down early to bag your seat as places are limited.

Click here for further information. 

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/beano-half-term-fun
Another high street hero opens its doorshttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/another-high-street-hero-opens-its-doors

It’s official, John Lewis, one of the UK’s most established departments, has opened its doors at St Pancras International. The new store is the first one in a station and features a careful curated selection of electronics, gifts, beauty, home and fashion accessories. This will mean for the first time iPads, laptops and cameras will be available for lucky visitors.

The store will be open from 7.30am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm on Sundays and will boast John Lewis’ click and collect, or in this case ‘click and commute’, service for customers to pick up online purchases.

So treat yourself, now you have no excuse! 

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/another-high-street-hero-opens-its-doors
A bout of bubble funhttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/a-bout-of-bubble-fun

National Champagne week may be over but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little sparkle in our lives! You may have seen the station giving praise to the fruits of our French neighbours labour from the largest bottle in London at Searcys to breaking World Records on the Eurostar but we don’t want the fun to end there...!

We have been searching high and low for a bubbly range of Champagne facts to keep your taste buds tingling and impress your fizzy friends.

  • It was the English who developed a taste for bubbly the French always preferred white wine
  • The true inventor of the champagne process was Englishman Christopher Merret
  • The French sell over 300 million bottles of champagne a year
  • A bottle of champagne at room temperature contains about 49 million bubbles
  • Marilyn Monroe is said to have once taken a bath in the champagne from 350 bottles
  • In the movie adaptations, James Bond drinks Champagne more than any other beverage (nearly 40 glasses and counting)
  • The classic Champagne coupe was adapted from a wax mold made from the breast of Marie Antoinette.
  • There is about 90 pounds per square inch of pressure in a bottle of Champagne - that's more than triple the pressure in an automobile tyre
  • A Champagne cork reaches a velocity of about 40 miles per hour if popped out of the bottle
  • The longest recorded flight of a Champagne cork is over 54 metres
  • The largest bottle size for Champagne is called a Melchizedek and is equal to 40 standard bottles or 30 litres

And remember, only 51 weeks till the next Champagne week!

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/a-bout-of-bubble-fun
Are you brave enough to put your hand into a Black Hamper?http://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/are-you-brave-enough-to-put-your-hand-into-a-black-hamper

With the spookiest time of year just around the corner Fortnum & Mason has got just the treat – or trick – for you! A chilling black Halloween hamper with orange F&M lettering that with be sure to give you a fright.

The Wicked Wicker Hamper is filled with a range of ghoulish sweets and treats, including a Catacombs Chocolate Bar, a chocolate bar filled with crunchy sugar ‘bones,’ Dracula gingerbread biscuit, new toffee apple marshmallows, Piccadilly Ginger biscuits and two hollow white chocolate skulls. Sure to be frightfully delicious from start to finish, and all for £55.00.

Make sure you pick one up before the monsters do!   

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/are-you-brave-enough-to-put-your-hand-into-a-black-hamper
Get on the Champagne train!http://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/get-on-the-champagne-train

To celebrate Champagne week the station’s prestigious Champagne bar, Searcys, has brought some extra sparkle to the table by putting on sale a giant 30 litre bottle of bubbly!

Dubbed the Melchizedek, it contains 40 standard bottles so is sure to pack a pop to the lucky buyer. The nectar of the gods costs a sizeable nine grand and means it’ll make a significant dent in the bank balance for anyone wanting to get their mitts on the fizz.

If you want get a glimpse of the corking Champagne make sure you get to Searcys quickly or someone may have already polished it off!

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMThttp://stpancras.com/news/2014/october/get-on-the-champagne-train
Rachel Starling, Duke of Cambridge

HS1 Environment Manager Rachel Starling Receives MBE

On Thursday 2nd October, HS1's Environment Manger, Rachel Starling, received an MBE for services to the rail industry from HRH the Duke of Cambridge, during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

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HS1 Ltd delighted to have been highly commended at National Transport Awards

HS1 Ltd delighted to have been highly commended at National Transport Awards

HS1 has been recognised for its sustainable environment management work undertaken in partnership with Network Rail, in particular the active landscape management.

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Chinua Labour

High Speed 1's Chinua Labor wins Outstanding Business Contribution Award

Chinua Labor, Regulatory Contract Manager for High Speed 1 has been awarded the Rail Business Awards' Outstanding Business Contribution for June 2014.

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 ORR approves five-year plan for HS1

ORR approves five-year plan for HS1

ORR has today approved HS1 Ltd's Five Year Asset Management Statement which sets out plans and proposed charges for the period from April 2015 to March 2020 (Control Period 2). 

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HS1 Ltd and DB Schenker Rail (UK) announce additional freight services

HS1 Ltd and DB Schenker Rail (UK) announce additional freight services on high speed 1

HS1 Ltd and DB Schenker Rail (UK) this week announced additional freight services along High Speed 1 from Monday the 13 January 2014. The services will carry refrigerated containers of perishable foodstuffs and automotive components from Valencia, Spain to Barking and Dagenham in east London (via the Channel Tunnel).

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MITIE on track to operate Ashford International station for HS1

MITIE chosen to operate Ashford International station for HS1 LTd

MITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has been awarded a £1m per year contract with HS1 Ltd, the owner of the high speed railway between St Pancras in London and the Channel Tunnel.  The contract is to operate Ashford International station for the next five years.

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High Speed 1 welcomes Eurostar announcement to introduce services from London to Amsterdam

High Speed 1 welcomes Eurostar announcement to introduce services from London to Amsterdam

High Speed 1 (HS1), owners of the UK's only high speed rail line, has welcomed Eurostar's announcement earlier this week that it has signed an agreement with Dutch rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen to launch direct services between St Pancras International and Amsterdam Centraal from December 2016.

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HS1 Refinance

HS1 Announces £1.6 billion Refinance Success

HS1 Ltd today announced it has completed its refinancing of the £1.3bn bank debt used for the concession purchase. In November 2010, the Canadian consortium of Borealis Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, acquired a 30 year concession to own and operate HS1 Ltd for £2.1bn.

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HS1

HS1 Ltd and Network Rail Agree New Deal

HS1 Ltd, the owners of the UK's first and only high speed railway, and Network Rail have signed a new deal, extending Network Rail's contract to operate and maintain High Speed 1 until at least 2025. 

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