We’re coming up to our 5th anniversary!
Yes, it was five years ago that the smart navy blue Javelin – the fastest train in the world – arrived from Japan to zoom locals to London at 140 mph. Hornby made their models for children to play with the latest in high-tech transport. Canterbury house prices shot up as the town suddenly became an hour’s commute from London. The train would take the strain from the motorways and transform lives.
So who’d have thought that five years on, a coach company would find a gap in the market to launch a brand new commuter service – by road.
The London Commuter runs from Deal and weaves its way through Sandwich, Littlebourne and Wingham to Canterbury and on to the Brenley Corner to London.
Journey time? 1 hour and 52 minutes.
For Canterbury dwellers, the train is certainly the faster option. So how can the company hope to attract commuters?
For one thing, if you’re traveling from towns beyond the main stations of Canterbury, Faversham or Ashford it’s likely that you’re not getting the massive reduction in journey time.
But the real pull is the price. We’re being charged a fortune of thousands of pounds to travel on the new trains while the old train service is becoming slower.
The government should be asking, where did we go wrong.
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