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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Lib Dems warn against threat of further Thameslink delay

July 13, 2018 3:56 PM

Liberal Democrat county councillors have called on the KCC Cabinet Member to seek reassurance from the Department for Transport that the timetabling problems of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will not result in any further delay in bringing the Thameslink service to Maidstone.

Thamelink TrainThameslink services should already be running from Maidstone to Central London. Disappointingly, the County Town has already been shunted to the back of the line with services delayed to December 2019. Any further delay would be totally unacceptable to the poorly served Maidstone rail users.

In the wake of the disastrous implementation of new timetables in May, GTR have now announced that there will be minimal timetable changes in December, threatening further delays to the introduction of new services.

Following the intervention of Maidstone councillor, Rob Bird, the KCC Cabinet Member responsible for Transport has written to the Rob BirdGovernment Rail Minister seeking his assurance that Maidstone's Thameslink services will be operational by December 2019.

Rob Bird said: "Maidstone has waiting too long for Thameslink trains, and it's time the County Council stood up for the interests of the many commuters who rely upon services into London.

"With the High Speed services under threat, the Conservatives must do more to improve our County Town's rail links - businesses and jobs rely on good transport connections."