Save our trains, your station needs you…

Posted on Oct 11, 2013

Trains4Deal have launched a campaign to help save Deal and Sandwich high speed train services which are under threat when the Kent Count Council subsidy ends in March 2014.

Lobbying Kent County Council, Charlie Elphicke MP Dover and Deal, Laura Sandys MP for Thanet South, Southeastern trains and the Department for Transport, Trains4Deal, backed by huge public support from Deal Rail Users and local businesses, is urging Kent County Council to keep promises it made in the 2011 Kent Rail Action Plan and presented to the Department for Transport, when top of the list of priorities was a full weekday and weekend high speed service for Deal and Sandwich.

KCC leader Paul Carter has confirmed to Trains4Deal that any extension of the operating period, at least during the day Monday to Friday, would have the County Council’s “strong support”.

Ian Killbery of Trains4Deal said,”We are heartened by KCC’s recognition that work/life choices made by local residents and families relocating from London are based entirely on the provision of high speed train services and should not be ignored nor disrupted. However, we are concerned that the equally strong case for weekend services, which would provide enormous economic benefits for the visitor market, has not yet been fully realised.”

Nick Stevens of Platform 1, Deal Railway Station’s café, said,”It is not just KCC’s commitment to commuters that we are highlighting. We urge KCC to keep its promises and push for a full seven day HS service for Deal and Sandwich as the county’s number one priority as featured in their Kent Rail Action Plan submission.”

Vote for Trains4Deal full high speed train service proposition and lobby KCC by sending an email directly to the Leader Paul Carter and David Brazier Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment.