Southeastern have announced that, starting on Sunday 15 May, some off-peak trains on the Otford, Borough Green and Maidstone East line will be longer:
- “Most” trains on Saturdays from Victoria to Ashford & Canterbury West will have “six or eight” cars.
- Monday to Friday & Saturdays 2252 Victoria to Ashford will have eight cars.
- Sundays 0846 Ashford to Victoria, 0906, 1006 & 1106 Canterbury West to Victoria via Maidstone East will have eight cars.
- Sundays 1636 Victoria to Canterbury West, 1736 & 1836 Victoria to Ashford will have eight cars.
This is welcome news. But it’s a bit disappointing that the Saturday changes have not simply extended all trains to eight cars. That would save costs and the risks of delay in coupling and de-coupling units. There should be enough stock and it’s a pity that it will be sitting idle at the depot.
There are no changes to train lengths on the Sevenoaks line, but trains will be slower between Hildenborough and Sevenoaks.