High Speed 1 CEO talks to Future Cities Forum

Tracey Emin's neon 'I want my time with you' at St Pancras International (courtesy artlyst.com)

Future Cities Forum has been talking to Chief Executive of High Speed 1, Dyan Crowther, about her plans to open a new direct rail route connecting London with the French city of Bordeaux.

Dyan explained that a five-hour direct rail service between London and Bordeaux is now possible as work has been done to create an open access route, meaning that there is no franchise premium to pay over and above published access charges. An operator will benefit from a legal guarantee of open and fair access too the network, stations and depots. HS1 has already begun preparing the ground through initial site scoping at Bordeaux St Jean for locating security and border controls.

The market for a new direct route from St Pancras International to Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast of south west France is underpinned by a doubling in air passenger traffic between the two cities over the last decade to 450,000. One in four of all British citizens settled in France live in the Nouvelle Aquit