Sunday, October 08, 2006
Dreams of Frequent Fast Service Get the Bullet
by our Transport Correspondent
Preliminary plans for the much heralded new high-speed train services to the Isle reveal that minor stations like Dumpton Gap could be left out in the cold when the new bullet trains finally arrive from Japan in 2009.
Southeastern Railway's website trumpets the new service as a 'flagship feature' of its franchise, but closer inspection of the proposed route network for the fast trains shows Dumpton Gap marked for 'limited service in both directions'. Westgate-on-Sea, Minster, Sturry and Sandwich will receive a much more frequent service - 'one train per hour in each direction'.
Even Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate will only be getting one bullet train an hour in the off-peak.
The Fat Controller was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.