Today I met with local rail chiefs, Mike Smith of Network Rail and Mike Gibson of South East Trains at Deal Railway Station to discuss bringing faster trains for Deal and Sandwich. I know, both from my constituent mailbag and my own personal experience the problems with long connections at Dover and Ramsgate for travellers to Deal, Sandwich and local villages.
They agreed to see if connections at Dover and Ramsgate could be improved. They also agreed to provide costings on the high speed train stopping as it passes through Deal and to provide numbers on a full services.
It takes far too long to travel to Deal and the villages. Faster connections would make a huge difference. Like everyone else in Deal, I want to see the fast train stop as it passes through.
I am very grateful to Network Rail and South East Trains for agreeing to review connections. And for providing me with costings so I can make our case to the Rail Minister. I do not want anyone to get their hopes up yet - this is going to take time. Yet I am cautiously optimistic.
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