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Railways: Kent

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many daily train paths will be available to freight traffic on the high-speed line through Kent once high-speed domestic services have begun. (192963)

There will be spare paths available on High Speed 1 when the high-speed domestic services commence next year. The precise number of paths available to freight and further passenger services will become clearer when the timetable for the high-speed domestic services is finalised. To run their services, open-access freight operators will have to apply to Network Rail (CTRL) Limited which is acting as the independent allocation and charging body for High Speed 1.