Chunnel rail link up for sale

THE government yesterday signalled the start of the sale of High Speed 1 (HS1) – the 68-mile London to Folkestone Channel Tunnel rail link.

Likely to bring in about 1.5 billion, the sale could open up the route to more operators. HS1 is used by the London to Paris and Brussels high-speed train company Eurostar and also by the Southeastern train company.

The route is run by London & Continental Railways under the Department for Transport.