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Quicker train journeys in new timetable

A Southeastern 395 'Javelin' unit at Strood station. Photo: © Geof Sheppard - Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
A Southeastern 395 ‘Javelin’ unit at Strood station. Photo: © Geof Sheppard – Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Updated: 13th May 2019 – 15:00

Rail operator Southeastern are introducing a new seasonal timetable which will shorten the time for a number of services which pass through the Medway Towns.

The new timetable starts on Sunday 19th May, and means that as many as 4 minutes can be cut off the journey lengths of many services.

The timetable changes are live on the Southeastern and National Rail journey planners.

Routes

The Medway Towns will benefit from the following service improvements:

  • Dover Priory to London Victoria – a 1-4 minute journey time reduction on a large number of services, at all stations along the route
  • Ramsgate to London Victoria – a 1-4 minute journey time reduction on a large number of services, at all stations along the route
  • Tonbridge to Strood – additional stops for passengers at stations between Maidstone and Strood – allowing better connections to fast services into London nearly 30 minutes earlier in the morning.

The rail operator received over 400 pieces of feedback during last year’s consultation period, which was used to help inform the new timetable.

David Statham, Southeastern’s Managing Director said: “We’re always wanting to do more four our passengers, and these changes will mean that commuters using our services… will get a few minutes back every day.

“Wherever possible, we’re going to be filling in gaps in service provision where they currently exist, with several areas seeing benefits as a result of the changes we are bringing forward.”

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