Call for ac­tion on Thames­link

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Coun­cil­lors at Maid­stone Bor­ough Coun­cil plan to write a joint let­ter with Kent County Coun­cil, busi­ness lead­ers, and MPs He­len Grant and Tom Tu­gend­hat urg­ing the govern­ment to in­tro­duce fast trains to Lon­don.

It comes af­ter sev­eral de­lays to the in­tro­duc­tion of a quick, reg­u­lar Thames­link ser­vice from Maid­stone East to the cap­i­tal. It was orig­i­nally planned to start in May but has now been put back un­til De­cem­ber 2019.

The ser­vice would see trains also stop­ping at West Malling, Bor­ough Green, Wrotham and Ot­ford be­fore trav­el­ling to pop­u­lar City sta­tions Lon­don Bridge, Black­fri­ars and St Pan­cras.

Many res­i­dents and busi­nesses had moved due to these plans, ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port.

County cllr Shel­lina Pren­der­gast (Con) said: “An im­proved rail ser­vice un­doubt­edly is re­ally im­por­tant to the econ­omy of Maid­stone and even more to our res­i­dents who rely on it every day. I think be­tween the au­thor­i­ties we should con­tinue to lobby to en­sure Maid­stone gets the ser­vice it needs and de­serves.”

Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port, Chris Grayling, has con­firmed Thames­link ser­vices for Maid­stone will be de­layed un­til at least De­cem­ber next year

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