This morning Anneliese met with Nicola Shaw, the Chief Executive of High Speed One (HS1), at Ebbsfleet International station.
They discussed recent developments in high speed rail projects, and a range of European rail policy issues, including the fourth railway project.
High Speed One, also known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), stretches from St Pancras International station in London to Folkestone on the South coast, where it joins the Channel Tunnel. This line is best known for carrying the Eurostar train, which connects the South East of England to France and Belgium, enabling 10 million passengers a year move between the UK and the continent. Anneliese praised this service for its role in creating closer links between the UK and the rest of continental Europe, and also raised the need to balance security and convenience on high speed services such as HS1.
Other areas of discussion involved the infrastructure challenges faced by workers in the transport industry in the South East, and the investment climate for high speed rail infrastructure.