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Commuters could be travelling by Eurostar to London

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2004 - 03:30 PM


COMMUTERS COULD BE TRAVELLING BY EUROSTAR TO LONDON

The Department of Transport is being pressured into making Eurostar trains available for commuters from 2007 to 2009.  New Hitachi bullet trains are due to be delivered to serve the routes in 2009, two years behind schedule.

Reacting to the news that domestic service trains have been ordered for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and will be delivered in 2009, Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Leader of Kent County Council, said "We very much welcome the final confirmation of 30 high speed trains to run to Ashford, Canterbury, Thanet, Folkestone and North Kent.

"The current unresolved issue is that we were promised the service would start in 2007 from Ashford and Ebbsfleet which now means domestic passengers being able to use Eurostar. The Department of Transport told me they are considering this and we wait for a positive outcome."