Page last updated at 13:02 GMT, Monday, 7 September 2009 14:02 UK

High-speed rail 'preview' begins

The Japanese-built Javelin
The services use Japanese-built Class 395 140mph Javelin trains

Commuters in Kent have begun using high-speed rail "preview" services into London.

Southeastern started limited services between London and Dover Priory, Canterbury West, Ramsgate, Folkestone Central and Folkestone West on Monday.

It said the twice daily, weekday-only service was a "preview" of the full service that would begin in December.

Dover District councillor Nigel Collor said the services would help "pivotal regeneration" projects in the town.

Mr Collor added: "Seeing HS1 [High Speed 1] in service at Dover Priory is like a dream come true."

Southeastern said the preview services would cut the journey time between London to Ramsgate by 49 minutes and take 47 minutes off a trip between Dover and London.

It has been running limited services between London and the international stations in Ebbsfleet and Ashford since June.

The high-speed services use Japanese-built Class 395 140mph Javelin trains.


Commuters welcome high-speed rail

Print Sponsor

High-speed rail service extended
13 Aug 09 |  England
Fast, impressive and essential
27 Jul 09 |  People and Places
High-speed Javelin arrives early
29 Jun 09 |  England

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific