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Services suspended between Ashford and Ramsgate via Canterbury West

On Sunday 26 July, a train travelling between Ashford and Canterbury West was involved in an incident near Chilham station, colliding with livestock which had strayed onto the railway line meaning the train became derailed.

As a result buses are replacing trains between Ashford International and Ramsgate via Canterbury West until Wednesday 29 July.
Network Rail have confirmed the line will re-open on Thursday 30 July.

Where possible, you should travel from Canterbury East and travel via Faversham or Dover. You’ll be able to use our high speed services from these stations at no extra cost. You can also use your tickets on reasonable London Underground routes to complete your journey.

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Record-breaking high speed service

A record number of passenger journeys were made on Southeastern’s Javelin trains in 2014, the 5th anniversary year of the high speed link between Kent and London. 

More than 10.3 million journeys were made in 2014 and to meet rising passenger demand, the service has been extended to call at more stations. A new ‘coastal loop’ has also been introduced to increase journey opportunities for passengers on the East Kent coast.

Stratford Oyster extension

From Friday 31 July you will be able to use Oyster and Contactless payment for a single fare between St Pancras and Stratford International on our high speed services.

The Oyster/Contactless fares between these two stations will be the same as or lower than the existing paper fares.

This should make it quicker and easier during busy periods because it means you no longer need to use ticket machines.

  • Please note seperate high speed pay as you go rates apply.
  • Travelcards are not accepted on high speed train services
  • The new fare is not included within daily or weekly capping.

For full details on Oyster and Contactless payment please visit tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments.

SonoramaSonorama by Claudia Molitor

An audiowork for the train journey from St Pancras International. 

Located on the train journey between London
St Pancras and Margate, Sonorama is an audio work by
composer Claudia Molitor for the otherwise silent view
from the train, experienced through headphones via
a free downloadable App.

Suitable for all Apple handsets of 4S and above. A version is available
to stream online at www.sonorama.org.uk on other handsets where
there is 3G coverage. 



Did you know? 

  • The trains are named after Britain’s top athletes including Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Steve Redgrave. 
  • The train operates at a maximum speed of 140mph (225 km/h) – the same speed as the new Audi RS7 autonomous race car

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If you have a ticket to London Terminals, a Travelcard ticket from stations outside the London zones or you hold a Season ticket, you can upgrade to high speed services by buying a supplement. Find out more

Download our high speed timetable (Book 8) here. 


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