Tram would save us from packed trains

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - POINTS OF VIEW -

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!

Brian Jack­son,

Cud­worth Road, South Willes­bor­ough

The new M20 foot­bridge that has been branded ‘rather green’

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