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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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. 

Following a very successful first five years of operation, since the full opening of HS1 and St Pancras International in 2007, the two organisations have now extended the contract between them to:

Nicola Shaw, chief executive, HS1 Ltd said "We conducted an extensive market review and knew that we had alternatives. However, the quality of delivery from Network Rail (High Speed) has been good over the last few years and this deal offered real benefits to us and to our customers. We've now got a decade of certainty on which to work together to improve the line even further and to welcome more growth."

Patrick Butcher, Network Rail's group finance director, said "We have run HS1's infrastructure since the current route opened in 2007 and have delivered a high standard of punctuality and overall performance for our client and the route's users - a standard that we aim to continue for many years to come." 

"The new contract offers our client even better value, and allows HS1 and its customers to share outperformance through the continuation of the excellent partnership that has been established."

HS1 remains among the world's most reliable railways with an average train delay of between six and eight seconds. Passenger numbers continue to grow every year since opening.

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