A Better Timetable with Later Trains

A later westbound train from Ashford

The last westbound train (22.34) is too early for passengers along the MarshLink to be able to participate in the arts and cultural experiences of London: there are also an increasing number of commuters to London who have occasional needs to work late.

We would like to see a later train introduced departing Ashford at 23.34.

There are probably two objections to this:

– Network Rail line possession times along the MarshLink line. The period of Network Rail possession does not permit later train services along the line. But we wonder why Network Rail impose such a long possession period to the MarshLink compared to what we understand to be the period for other lines;

– the current franchise restrictions. A later train would probably require a change to the franchise. However, we would like to take the problems one at a time and resolve the possession issues first.

A later eastbound service from Hastings

The last Eastbound service train leaves Hastings even earlier at 21.32 which is inadequate for anyone seeking an evening in Hastings and returning by train to Rye or other MarshLink stations. This train forms the 22.34 from Ashford to Hastings so the two issues are directly linked.

An earlier evening Rye shuttle

The Rye Shuttles currently leave Ashford at 18.00, 19.02 and 19.59 but we would like an earlier service at 17.00 to cater for the demand, particularly from school children and tourists, especially visitors to Pontins in Camber (though primarily in the Summer).

Ore Station to be a regular stop on the MarshLink

Ore has become a significant community with the opening recently of the Sussex Coast College’s Ore campus. MarshLink trains make a small number of stops at Ore Station but, in practical terms, the service is unusable.

We would like to see a practical and useable service available to Ore on the MarshLink service.