Periodic review 2019 (PR19) initial consultation for HS1 Limited
Date published: 28 September 2017
Closing date: 10 November 2017
This initial consultation for the periodic review of HS1 Ltd in 2019 (PR19) sets out our approach to the periodic review, the proposed timetable, the key inputs required and highlights what ORR anticipates will be the key issues to focus on as the review progresses.
High Speed 1 (HS1) connects London St Pancras to the Channel Tunnel. International, domestic passenger and freight services currently operate on the network. HS1 Ltd is the company that holds a concession from the Secretary of State for Transport (SoS) to operate, maintain and renew the network. HS1 Ltd contracts out many of its functions to Network Rail (High Speed) Ltd (NR(HS)), whose parent company is Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (NRIL).
Under the Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations, ORR has to ensure that HS1 Ltd is provided with incentives to reduce the cost of allowing access to its infrastructure and the level of access charges. It performs this function through periodic reviews in a manner defined in the Concession Agreement, between HS1 Ltd and the SoS.
The periodic review of 2014 (PR14) was the first periodic review of HS1 Ltd and covered the current control period (CP2) which runs from 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2020. The periodic review of 2019 (PR19) will be the second periodic review and will cover control period 3 (CP3) which will run from 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2025.
Initial consultation document
How to respond
Please send your responses in electronic (or if not possible, in hard copy) format by 10 November 2017 to:
PR19 Programme team
Office of Rail and Road
1 Kemble Street
Publishing your response
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