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

What we do

A Deutsche Bahn ICE3 (Inter City Express) high-speed train arrives at St Pancras International

HS1 Ltd holds the concession from government to operate, manage and maintain the high-speed railway infrastructure until December 2040.

The use of the high-speed route by both international and domestic traffic, has created technical boundaries, interfaces and interdependencies to manage and this is achieved through contractual relationships with a large number of stakeholders, including regulators, customers, operators, suppliers and other entities.

  • Network Rail (High Speed) is our contractor for  maintaining and operating the railway infrastructure and three of our stations, St Pancras International, Stratford International and Ebbsfleet International
  • Eurostar International Ltd maintain and operate Ashford International Station on our behalf
  • Train operating companies offer services to passengers on the railway

HS1 Ltd's railway infrastructure has physical connections with Eurotunnel, the DBS freight depot at Dollands Moor and the Network Rail classic railway at Ashford, Ebbsfleet, Ripple Lane and domestic lines north of London.

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The high speed train tracks run in parallel to the M2 as it crosses the Medway in North Kent
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