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Jun 1 2009

High speed preview services announced

Southeastern today confirmed that a limited high speed ‘preview’ service will begin on the 29 June. The preview service will run on High Speed 1 between Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International from Monday to Friday.The preview service will offer passengers the chance to experience what the UK’s first high speed service will be like when it is fully introduced on 13 December.  

The preview services will also allow Southeastern to continue testing, training, adjust to passenger feedback and ensure that the full introduction of the service runs smoothly.

The high speed service will radically improve travel times for many passengers, using the High Speed 1. Journey times from Ashford International to London will be just 37 minutes and from Ebbsfleet International the journey will take just 17 minutes. The preview service will run three morning peak services from Ashford International to St Pancras International and three peak services in the evening peak. Trains from Ebbsfleet International will see four morning peak services to St Pancras International and six peak services back in the evening peak. Throughout the day services will run twice hourly between Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International. The full timetable can be seen below.

Charles Horton, Southeastern managing director said, “These preview services offer many passengers the opportunity to reduce their journey times and experience what it is like to travel at up to 140 miles an hour on the UK’s first ever high speed line. This is an extremely exciting time for the whole rail industry and we are pleased that we are able to provide this preview service six months early and offer our passengers greater choice.”The cost of travelling high speed will be more than the existing Mainline service. For example a Mainline single fare from Ashford International costs £22.20 compared to £26.60 for the new preview high speed fare, an addition of £4.40. For existing Southeastern ticket holders the additional supplement can be purchased at any station and all first class ticket holders are able to travel on the high speed service for no extra cost.

The fares that we are announcing today are for the preview service only and we feel they offer value for money for passengers who will now be able to get to London in 37 minutes from Ashford and just 17 minutes from Ebbsfleet,” Charles Horton continued.

Ebbsfleet International to St Pancras International preview fares

 SingleReturnOff-Peak returnWeekly
Mainline (From Gravesend)£9.10£18.00£9.30£61.00
High Speed£12.20£24.30£12.50£82.30
Supplement for existing ticket holders £3.10£6.20£3.20£21.30

 

Ashford International to St Pancras International preview fares

 SingleReturnOff-Peak returnWeekly
Mainline£22.20£40.60£20.80£94.50
High Speed£26.60£48.70N/A£113.40
Supplement for existing ticket holders£4.40£8.10N/A£18.90

 

The announcement of the start of preview services follows the recent publication of the draft December timetable which will see an extra 200 trains operating every day and resulting in an increased capacity of at least 5% across the entire network. The introduction of high speed will provide passengers with more choice with the option of this service or using Mainline services.

Preview timetable

Download preview timetable

Services from Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International to St Pancras International (Monday - Friday only)

 

Ashford International

dep

0648

0713

-

0748

-

-

-

Ebbsfleet International

arr

0707

0732

-

-

-

-

-

Ebbsfleet International

dep

0708

0733

0805

-

0835

0905

0935

St Pancras International

arr

0725

0750

0821

0824

0852

0922

0952

 

 

Ashford International

dep

-

-

-

Daylight HS1 * track inspection

-

-

-

-

Ebbsfleet International

arr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ebbsfleet International

dep

1005

1035

1105

1305

1335

1405

1435

St Pancras International

arr

1022

1052

1122

1322

1352

1422

1452

 

 

Ashford International

dep

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ebbsfleet International

arr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ebbsfleet International

dep

1505

1535

1605

1635

1705

1735

1835

St Pancras International

arr

1522

1552

1622

1652

1722

1752

1852

 

Services from St Pancras International and Ebbsfleet International to Ashford International (Monday - Friday only)

 

St Pancras International

dep

0737

0807

0837

0907

0937

1007

1037

Ebbsfleet International

arr

0754

0824

0854

0924

0954

1024

1054

Ebbsfleet International

dep

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ashford International

arr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

St Pancras International

dep

1107

Daylight HS1 * track inspection

1307

1337

1407

1437

1507

1537

Ebbsfleet International

arr

1124

1324

1354

1424

1454

1524

1554

Ebbsfleet International

dep

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ashford International

arr

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

St Pancras International

dep

1607

1637

1707

1737

1807

1837

1926

Ebbsfleet International

arr

1624

1654

1724

1754

1824

1854

1943

Ebbsfleet International

dep

-

-

-

1755

-

1855

1949

Ashford International

arr

-

-

-

1816

-

1913

2009

 

* Currently track engineers inspect high speed infrastructure during daylight hours. This is being reviewed for the start of the full service in December 2009.

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