The county’s shopping list includes a service on the Isle of Grain and a new layout at Ashford for Bexhill bi-modes, reports JAMES ABBOTT

Eurostar in Kent: Class 374 on HS1 at Hothfield, north of Ashford, on a Brussels to St Pancras service on 16 July 2019.
Jamie Squibbs

Kent County Council’s annual Rail Summit, put off from the spring due to purdah for the European elections, took place this year on 15 October. But the delay has not led to a fresh resolution for the county’s rail services, as the South Eastern franchise has been extended with a direct award to 1 April 2020 (p9, September issue), and it is still not clear what will replace that direct award. Meanwhile, Stephen Gasche, Kent’s Principal Transport Planner – Rail, hopes to publish a rail action plan document in time for next year’s summit in October 2020.

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