High Speed 1 Ltd holds the concession from government to operate, manage and maintain the UK’s first high-speed railway until December 2040. The line connects with the international high speed routes to Paris and Brussels as well as providing a much improved commuter service between London and Kent. It has delivered significant reductions in journey times on both domestic and international routes, and increased punctuality with average delays of less than 9 seconds per journey.
HS1 Ltd is also the owner of the stations along the route, including the magnificently refurbished St Pancras International, which has been voted number one UK station 6 years running in the National Passenger Survey, and has over 48 million visitors each year. Since its construction, the railway has been a catalyst for growth and regeneration, delivering £3.8 billion in economic and social benefits to London and the South East, and catalysing regeneration and development in Kings Cross, Stratford and in Kent.
HS1 Ltd is jointly owned by Borealis Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, two Canadian pension funds.