Some longer off-peak trains on the Maidstone East line soon

Credit: Mark Battle

Credit: Mark Battle

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.

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