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Railways: Channel Tunnel

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there are any physical obstacles to the intercity express trains of German railways reaching St Pancras on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link; and, if not, whether they will review any regulatory obstacles. [HL4635]

The Channel Tunnel Rail Link, now known as High Speed 1, is open to any train operator that satisfies the requirements of its network statement issued in accordance with the Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) Regulations 2005. Continental train operators wishing to access High Speed 1 would also have to meet the requirements of Eurotunnel as owner and operator of the Channel Tunnel.

The regulatory framework for international passenger services is set at the European level by the directives of the first, second and third rail packages. These ensure transparent and non-discriminatory conditions of access for all operators whose proposed services meet the requirements of the safety and interoperability directives. The European Commission reviews the implementation of these directives; the Government have no plans to carry out any separate review.