Call for action on Thameslink
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