Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, will be visiting Ramsgate Railway Station on Monday, to review plans the proposed fast rail link to London.
Chris will be joining Thanet South's Laura Sandys, The Leader of the Council Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel and Cllr. Roger Latchford, Deputy Leader of the Council, to hear concerns over delays to its implementation and the costs of the service.
“There has", says Laura, "been a lot of Government hype about the fast rail link to London from Ramsgate, not least by the local Transport Minister who has twice announced that the train would take just over an hour.”
“Unfortunately" she adds, "the hype has not been followed through. The people of Thanet are very disappointed that the train will now take at its fastest 84 minutes and at peak times will cost 35% more than today, which could cost over £12,000 a year.”
Chris Grayling will discuss the Conservative’s Railway position which criticises the Government for squeezing the fare payer through demanding high premiums from the Train Operating Companies and the Government’s failure to get extra capacity into the network over the last ten years.
“We know", sais Laura, "that Thanet needs fast communications to London to regenerate the area. This Government has not delivered. However we will campaign for the schedules to be reviewed, the pricing to be lowered and the journey time reduced.”
• Ramsgate to London – only 35 minutes less – therefore one hour 25 minutes
• Margate to London – a reduction of only 11 minutes – not exactly a step change
•There will be a 35% increase in peak period fares – this would mean over £50 per day return from Ramsgate – a total of £12,500 over 50 weeks.