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).
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.
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.
Today St Pancras International is named 'Best Station' by Passenger Focus in its National Passenger Survey, with a passenger satisfaction rating of 96 per cent*. Satisfaction ratings have improved across key areas such as the quality of facilities and services available, the station's connections and its provision of information.
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.