Today the House of Lords debated the passage of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill, during which reference was made by Lord Bassam, speaking on behalf of the Government, to a current Intermodality assignment related to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, now known as High Speed 1 (HS1):

“HS1 has commissioned Intermodality to undertake a specific study to help identify commercially sustainable charges for freight service on the line to help identify what access charges might be affordable for freight services on HS1. Intermodality is analysing the freight market, particular segments within it and international comparators for pricing. We and HS1 expect the report to be completed by May. It will then feed into the subsequent consultation on access charges later this year. We recognise the importance of this issue. For that reason, we strongly support that study…”