High Speed trains may come to Deal, Sandwich and villages

Posted on Dec 17, 2013

Well done to the trains 4 Deal campaigners – fingers crossed the proposals become reality.

From Kent Online:

Deal and Sandwich have claimed victory in the campaign for all day High Speed Trains, with a regular off-peak Javelin service covering Dover Priory, Deal, Walmer, Sandwich and Martin Mill proposed.

Deal’s MP Charlie Elphicke said: “It’s great news to see the proposals go further than we dared hope with Walmer and Martin Mill  to get the service too. Working together with Fast Trains for Deal we are on the threshold of achieving a real and lasting victory for our community.

If the proposals are accepted, passengers alighting at Deal, Sandwich, Walmer and Martin Mill will benefit from the off peak all day and weekend services direct to London.

Ian Killbery from the Trains4Deal campaign group, said: “It’s what we have been fighting for.”

Read the full story online or see this week’s Mercury out on Thursday.

From the Dover Express:

DOVER district will get more High Speed train services under plans revealed by Southeastern.

The train firm will consult on a new loop route running from St Pancras through Ashford, along the Dover-Deal branch line and through Ramsgate and along the North Kent coast into London.

The move is being made to coincide with work on a £6.5 billion Thameslink upgrade to London Bridge starting in January 2015.

Currently, Dover is only served by peak-time High Speed services but the changes would mean that the Dover coastal stations will be served throughout the day.

Richard Dean, Train Services Director for Southeastern said: “These proposals provide new journey opportunities for our passengers including an all day off-peak high speed service for the Kent coast.

“We’ve done our best to meet as many of our passengers’ aspirations put to us as part of the Direct Award Consultation and stakeholder meetings as possible and maintain performance at a time when

the Southeastern network is seeing the most sustained period of investment, engineering and construction work for many years.”

The consultation closes on February 7, 2014. The final decision will be made by the Department for Transport.

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