Rail Summit

On the 15 October 2019 we hosted the 11th Rail Summit for those in the rail industry such as; local authorities, rail user groups and associations and community rail partnerships.

Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Waste, Mike Whiting, said about the summit:

"Many are rightly concerned about the further delay to the start of the new Thameslink service to Maidstone East, and I was pleased to announce a more positive response received from the new rail minister, Chris Heaton-Harris.

"He has agreed to meet with me and other county councillors representing areas along the proposed route, when we will impress on the minister the urgent case for this new service, which has now been delayed on four separate occasions."

Mr Whiting also welcomed the good news from Eurostar concerning the future of international services at Ashford.

He added:

"It was good to hear from Eurostar that the Ashford Spurs project, which will secure the future of international services at Ashford, is on track for completion by the end of December, with the new Class e320 Eurostar trains due to start serving Ashford from January onwards.

"Eurostar has also given us an assurance that, once the project is completed, the new Summer timetable in May 2020 will include the restoration of the third pair of Ashford – Paris return journeys each day, as well as retaining all the other services to Lille, Brussels, Disneyland, Marseilles and the winter ski service."

Mike Whiting, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Waste