Ash­ford is be­ing qui­etly forgotten

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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

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