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Engineering works at Ashford Station this Christmas

December 14, 2019 11:03 AM
By Southeastern Press Release
Originally published by Folkestone and Hythe Liberal Democrats

Engineering work is being carried out at Ashford International station from Thursday 26 December to Sunday 29 December 2019 and on other dates.

This work is part of a £1.25 billion investment to improve journeys for passengers on the Kent network. The work will involve replacing track, improving drainage, upgrades to points and other works which will improve journeys for passengers travelling on this part of the Kent network. Southeastern Train

Please plan ahead and check your journey via our journey planner, National Rail, or the Southeastern On Track app.

Highspeed and Eurostar services will not call at Ashford during this work

This work means that Highspeed, Eurostar and International services will not call at Ashford while it is being undertaken.

There's never an ideal time to disrupt your journey but by working with Network Rail we can minimise the disruption. The dates chosen to undertake the work will allow Network Rail to complete more work in a shorter time period, while minimising disruption by completing this work on weekends and during holidays - when far fewer people are commuting to work.

Full list of dates when Highspeed and Eurostar will not call at Ashford

Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 December 2019
Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 January 2020
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 January 2020
Sunday 19 January 2020.

Mainline services will continue to operate as normal from Ashford

Passengers who would normally travel to London St Pancras via Ashford should use mainline services, which will take around 45 minutes longer than the usual Highspeed trains. Journeys can be re-planned on the Southeastern website and National Rail Enquiries, with more information on the planned work also available on the Southeastern website.

Replacement buses also available

Replacement buses will run between Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International (estimated journey time of around 1 hour), and Ashford International and Canterbury West (estimated journey time of around 40 minutes)

Compensation available for Highspeed ticket holders

Highspeed season ticket holders travelling via Ashford International on Friday 27 December can claim for a refund of the Highspeed premium portion of their ticket on Southeastern's website from that date.