High-speed hits hitch on just third day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

HIGH-speed trains were can­celled and de­layed on the third day of the full ser­vice.

Sev­eral ser­vices leav­ing St Pan­cras In­ter­na­tional for Ash­ford and other Kent sta­tions were dis­rupted af­ter one train ended up stuck in a tun­nel on Tues­day evening.

South­east­ern Trains spokesman Jon Hay-Camp­bell said: “We be­lieve that the train may have been un­able to draw power while in the tun­nel, but we are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.”

The train was stranded near the Lon­don sta­tion just af­ter 6pm. An­other train was needed to help move it.

Ser­vices leav­ing St Pan­cras now con­firmed as can­celled were the 6.10pm to Ash­ford, Folke­stone and Dover, the 6.18pm to Ebb­s­fleet, the 6.25pm to Broad­stairs and the 6.48pm to Ebb­s­fleet.

South­east­ern said high-speed ser­vices in and out of Lon­don were af­fected through­out the evening with sev­eral jour­neys de­layed.

The com­pany put up posters ex­plain­ing and apol­o­gis­ing for the de­lay in af­fected sta­tions.

The long-awaited full high­speed ser­vice be­tween Lon­don and Kent had be­gun on Sun­day af­ter a lim­ited preview ser­vice in the pre­ced­ing six months.

Pic­ture: Gary

Ash­ford Truck Stop

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