Chart Lea­con com­pul­sory pur­chase

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Net­work Rail is seek­ing to com­pul­so­rily pur­chase land to pro­vide sta­bling space for South­east­ern trains be­ing dis­placed by Thames­link trains run­ning from Cam­bridge to Maid­stone East via Lon­don Bridge.

The land is on the site of the for­mer Chart Lea­con main­te­nance de­pot (Ash­ford), and NR says at­tempts to ac­quire it by agree­ment from its own­ers have failed.

The ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties on the site are said to be un­suit­able for mod­ern op­er­at­ing and safety re­quire­ments.

Net­work Rail has ap­plied to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil for plan­ning per­mis­sion to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing struc­tures at Chart Lea­con and re­place them with a new facility.

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