Tunnel link under five-year scrutiny

The rail regulator is asking for views on the future of the HS1 St Pancras International-Channel Tunnel rail link.

The Office of Rail and Road is required by law to approve the company’s plans for both international and domestic passenger services between 2025-30, how its four stations are run, and see that they are maintained in good condition. The review will also rule on how much passengers will pay for tickets.

ORR will also scrutinise HS1 Ltd’s ability to manage financial risks, including inflation and interest rates, and the increasing uncertainty in the supply chain and customer demand.

There is a November 11 deadline for survey responses. The report, which has to reach the Government by January 31 next year, will be published on the ORR website.

The link’s future is not under any threat.

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