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Interior of 140mph train unveiled
Full-scale model of the interior of a Hitachi train
The six-carriage trains will each seat 354 passengers
A full-scale model of the interior of the new high-speed trains that will travel through Kent has been unveiled.

The Hitachi class 395 trains will operate on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) from December 2009, and have a top speed of 140mph (225km/h).

The new Javelin trains will cut journey times between east Kent and London St Pancras by up to 40 minutes, but fares for the service will rise by up to 35%.

Each train will have 354 seats, with one class of accommodation throughout.

Full-scale model of Hitachi train
Southeastern said the trains would dramatically reduce journey times

A display model of one of the 28 six-carriage trains was shown off by Southeastern at Ashford station in Kent.

The first four units of the 6m trains will arrive for testing in 2007.

From 2009, the trains will run between London's King's Cross station and Ashford in 36 minutes - less than half the time it currently takes.

London to Canterbury journeys will drop from 102 minutes to an hour, while London to Folkestone will come down from 98 minutes to 62 minutes.

Olympic service

All the trains will be named after Britons associated with speed.

Dr Stephen Ladyman, transport minister and MP for Thanet South, said the high speed service would transport passengers from St Pancras to the site for the 2012 Olympics in less than seven minutes.

"This is great news for passengers.

"Investment in trains such as these will raise the quality of journeys for passengers," he said.




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