Tram would save us from packed trains
Re: your article on the new rail halt at Park Farm, Kingsnorth.
I think the tram link would be a splendid idea as the current two-coach Turbostar rail service is already filled to capacity and suffers gross overcrowding.
On some services the train is already full when leaving Ashford with passengers really having to squeeze in on the intermediate stops to Hastings. I remember on the Bank Holiday Monday this year when my wife and I used the service to Hastings, the 10.33am service was already full to bursting when it left Ashford.
When it arrived at Hamstreet, a mum with her pushchair was unable to board the train as it was so full, so her bank holiday was ruined.
I wrote to Southern Rail about it and they said they couldn’t strengthen the train as there were no spare coaches available. Before the Turbostars arrived. the old Thumpers were always a three-coach service with plenty of room for people to sit. In busy periods the “Green Goddess” four-coach Hastings Demu from St Leonards depot was hired to help out.
It is about time Southern Rail got its act together and ordered more coaches rather than squeezing the poor passengers into a sardine can!
So, yes, bring on the trams!
Cudworth Road, South Willesborough
The new M20 footbridge that has been branded ‘rather green’