Ashford International Rail Connectivity Project

This project is an upgrade of the signalling so that the next generation of Eurostar trains can continue to stop at the station.
The existing rail signalling infrastructure at Ashford International Railway Station is currently incompatible with the new international trains set to be introduced. This project will upgrade the signalling system at Ashford International Railway Station so that Kent can retain international rail services to Ashford. Without the delivery of the project, international rail services will no longer be able to serve the station with adverse consequences for the local economy, employers, employees and residents.

KCC will retain oversight of this project, with infrastructure delivery undertaken by Network Rail.

The project has the support of:

  • the Department for Transport
  • Network Rail
  • High Speed 1
  • Eurostar
  • the Office of Rail and Road
  • Ashford Borough Council
  • Kent and Medway Economic Partnership
  • the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The new signalling will be in place from spring 2018.

Scheme costs

The scheme is estimated to cost £10.5 million.

It will be funded by a contribution of £9.8 million from the Local Growth Fund, provided as part of the Growth Deal to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. An additional £700,000 has been committed by Kent County Council to deliver this scheme with the support of the Regions of Connected Knowledge (RoCK) Project, an EU-funded project through its Interreg IVB North-West Europe Programme.


The project is one of Ashford Borough Council’s strategic priorities read more about this project and their priorities on the Ashford Borough Council website.

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