Our local MP, Laura Trott has arranged a 30 minute public meeting with Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, about the government’s failure to provide the long awaited Maidstone East to Cambridge fast service. The meeting will start at 17.30 on December 14th 2020.
Thameslink have launched a consultation on their 2018 timetable, including the Bat & Ball service and the new service to Maidstone East. It’s open for 12 weeks until 8 December.
An initial read shows that Sevenoaks area services are largely as expected, but with some disappointments:
- only hourly trains London Bridge to Maidstone East in the evenings.
- non-peak Darenth Valley trains will not go beyond Blackfriars.
We’ll be studying the document carefully and responding fully.
From 2018 there will be an all-day “Thameslink” service from Maidstone East to Cambridge. There will be two trains an hour of 8 cars, calling at West Malling, Borough Green, Otford and Swanley, then fast to London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon … Continue reading
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: … Continue reading
Karen Harding, our Borough Green correspondent, reports on the current state of the Maidstone East line services.
The general consensus amongst people I speak to, is that the Maidstone East line is treated as the poor relation. Since 2010 I have noticed a marked increase in the number of people travelling, both during the week and at weekends, particularly in the last couple of years. There needs to be increased capacity and frequency, particularly to/from Blackfriars in peak hours; this would avoid the need for people to travel to Sevenoaks for more frequent services.
Following our analysis of Friday’s icy (or not) events, Karen Harding, our Borough Green Correspondent, writes:- We had absolutely nothing on the Maidstone East line – the whole line was at a standstill. We ended up driving to Otford, where … Continue reading