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New Maidstone-St Pancras train route

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New Maidstone-St Pancras train route

Southeastern Trains have announced a new limited service from Maidstone West to London St Pancras from 23 May 2011, taking 50 minutes. This will be part of their "High Speed" branded service but it'll only be a saving of about 10 mins from the current Maidstone East to London Victoria service, however as it will stop at Ebbsfleet International it will be a handy link for Eurostar.

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1. Re: New Maidstone-St Pancras train route

Too late to edit - reading it again, it stops at Gravesend and not Ebbsfleet International. Doesn't really make sense as all other Southeastern Highspeed services stop at Ebbsfleet.

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I can only think it is an operational decision not to stop at Ebbsfleet. The trains will only be 6 cars and with stops at Strood and Gravesend will probably be full by the time they get to Ebbsfleet. The existing trains in those paths don't stop at Ebbsfleet in the current timetable.

Otherwise, good thinking on their part as it will provide a direct link from Maidstone into Docklands via Stratford and to St Pancras for direct connections to the Midlands and North. Maidstone West to Stratford in 43 minutes isn't too shabby.

Before anyone gets too excited, this is a rush hours only service using trains that previously started from Rochester. Rochester will get additional calls on other services coming up from the coast, but which will now be 12 car trains. There might be some danger of getting a seat.

( I am trying to imagine the looks on the faces of those waiting at Maidstone Barracks, Aylesford, New Hythe, Snodland, Cuxton and Halling when this dirty great High Speed train goes through these tiny stations, at rather less than high speed!)

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