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Engineering High Speed 1

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HS1 (The Channel Tunnel Rail Link) is the UK’s first high speed railway, running at an average of 300kph from the Channel Tunnel to the centre of London. It is also the first piece of main line rail infrastructure to be constructed in the UK for over100 years.

It comprises 108km of new route with 4 international stations (Ashford International, Ebbsfleet, Stratford International and St Pancras International); it required over 28km of tunnels, 2 major viaducts (including the world’s longest span high speed viaduct) and 144 bridges. This lecture will tell the story of the inception, the delivery and the resultant effects of this once-in-a-century opportunity.

This talk is part of the Stokes Society, Pembroke College series.

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