Ashford is being quietly forgotten
IT WOULD appear that Eurostar themselves are determined to ensure as few passengers as possible use Ashford International station. I recently picked up their brochure, “The Countdown Has Begun”, to advertise the move from Waterloo to St Pancras. The tables at the back of this brochure illustrate their lack of interest in Ashford. One table quotes travelling times to board a Eurostar train from Tonbridge and Maidstone as instances. Times are quoted to St Pancras as 46 and 68 minutes respectively. Both ignore the closeness and convenience of Ashford as a point of departure to the Continent. In a second table they give driving times to reach Ebbsfleet from Folkestone and Canterbury as 57 and 46 minutes respectively, forgetting completely the likely congestion as one approaches the Dartford area. There is no reference to the approximately 20-minute drive from each town to Ashford nor the less congested approaches to the international station’s car park. Eurostar appear to be deterring passengers from using Ashford so that they can later claim under-utilisation of the station. They may also like to consider the environmental effects of encouraging passengers to make longer journeys than are necessary. David Mann, Greenbank, Kennington, Ashford.
Ashford International Station