Highspeed 1 tops 25 million

Southeastern rail say 25 million passengers journeys have been made on the High Speed 1 service between London and Kent since the new route began. The service was introduced three years ago.

Fast track route's third birthday

High Speed 1 was the UK’s first domestic high speed service. It was launched in December 2009 with just over seven million passenger journeys in its first year. They rose by another million in the second year, and has repeated that rise again this year.

  • Hitachi Class 395 is the fastest domestic service reaching speeds of 140mph
  • The high speed ‘Javelin’ shuttle service transported nearly two and a half million people to the Olympic Games
  • The high speed service accounts for 16.5% of all non-Metro journeys and 5.5% of total Southeastern journeys.

This year for the first time, we’re running a special Boxing Day service to help transport people between Ashford and London hoping to go to the post Christmas sales. This is part of our continued focus to provide the best possible service for our passengers.

– Nicola Shaw, Chief Executive HS1 Ltd

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