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UK Power Networks Services celebrates 10 years powering High Speed 1

UK Power Networks Services is celebrating ten years as High Speed 1’s electrical infrastructure partner today (14th November 2017) on the 10th anniversary of High Speed 1 and the important contribution it has made to this vital national asset.

From Press releases - 14 November 2017 12:00 AM


The electrical engineering firm has invested nearly £150 million into the UK’s first high-speed railway and through its design management and stewardship of a vital national infrastructure asset, has helped deliver cost savings for the taxpayer and 99.99% network availability enabling High Speed 1 to be the most reliable railway line in Europe.

The route has enabled passengers to travel up to 186 miles per hour from London St Pancras to Kent, Paris and Brussels, and has attracted at least £3.8 billion in economic and social benefits to Kent, London and the UK. It currently carries 75,000 train services and 20 million passengers each year.

Ian Smyth, director of UK Power Networks Services, said: “As we herald the success of High Speed 1 on their 10 year anniversary, we continually review what we have learnt, and apply it to the next generation of High Speed Rail in the UK. Our track record demonstrates the benefits that private investment and innovation can bring to deliver world class infrastructure projects.

“One of the major capital investments over the next decade is High Speed 2, and there must be a drive towards a quality service that delivers a better outcome long-term, delivering value to the customer and taxpayer throughout the whole life of the asset”.  

UK Power Networks Services managed the design, construction and commissioning of the traction power and non-traction networks, which included three National Grid Supply Points, 20 autotransformer sites and 36 substations along the 67 mile-length of the track.