Biggest timetable shake-up proposed in a generation

Published on by Elisha Atkinson (author)

Topic(s): Transport

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Chris Grayling, The Secretary of State for transport has supported the development of a new track layout at Ashford International, which would allow trains from Hastings to travel directly to London St Pancras.


Grayling said: ‘I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of the examination into modifying track layouts at Ashford International'.

Improving journey times from Hastings, Bexhill and Rye is an important step in updating rail travel in the South East for the 21st century.’

£48 Billion has been committed to making the change we need on the network in 2019-2024, the investment brings the biggest rail modernisation programme since Victorian times

Local MP of Hastings and Rye, Amber Rudd said: ‘I am pleased that The Department of Transport will support local authorities to help make the case for direct journeys to London St Pancras.’

The changes would mean passengers travelling from East Sussex to London via Ashford International will not then need to change trains at Ashford. This will cut journey times from London to Hastings to over 80 minutes.

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