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21 Dec 2018

Southeastern runs Highspeed service for shoppers on Boxing Day

Southeastern runs Highspeed service for shoppers on Boxing Day: Boxing Day Shopping High Speed Promo 2018

  • Special Highspeed train service between Ashford and London on Boxing Day
  • Free parking at Ashford and Ebbsfleet stations
  • Extra 10% off at Ashford Designer Outlet for rail passengers

Southeastern has announced they will be running a Highspeed service between Ashford International and London St Pancras on Boxing Day for passengers planning to hit the shops and hunt for bargains in the sales.

Last year, thousands of shoppers flocked to London’s high-streets for the flash sales. Whether you intend to do the same - or have planned a festive day out in the capital – it’s worth being aware of the changes to train timetables over the Christmas break.

Bargain-hungry Londoners can escape the city too and visit the Ashford Designer Outlet, where showing their train ticket at the VIP desk will net them an extra 10% discount card.

Boxing Day trains will run from Ashford International (07:43 to 19:13) and from London St Pancras (08:40 to 20:10), calling at Stratford International and Ebbsfleet. Free parking will be available at Ebbsfleet and Ashford International station car parks. 

David Wornham, Passenger Services Director at Southeastern said “This Boxing Day we’re running a special Highspeed service to get passengers where they want to go. We know many of them will want to make the most of the Boxing Day sales, so this year we’ve made it easy for them to get in and out of London, or visit the designer outlet in Ashford”

Southeastern introduced the UK’s first high-speed train service in 2009. It travels from London St Pancras International to Stratford International, Ebbsfleet and Ashford International as well as other Kent destinations including Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover, Rochester and Margate.

The Highspeed service travels at speeds of up to 140mph and has significantly cut journey times for passengers travelling to the capital and across the South East. For example, travel times from Ashford International to St Pancras International take just 38 minutes compared to Ashford International to central London on a standard train service, which takes around 80 minutes. That all adds up to extra bargain hunting time for Southeastern passengers who choose to travel by train this Boxing Day.

Up-to-date information about our services can be found on the Southeastern website (, National Rail Enquiries (, our ‘On Track’ app, and our Twitter account (@Se_Railway).

Contact information

Clementine Corlett

Notes to editors

For further information contact:

Southeastern Press Office

Ph: 02079323629




About Southeastern:

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating over 2000 trains a day, carrying more than 640,000 passengers a day, serving 176 stations and covering 540-miles of railway infrastructure.

Southeastern is owned by Govia, a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group (65 per cent) and Keolis (35 per cent). Govia is the most enduring partnership between transport operators delivering rail franchises in this country.

It is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for 28.7 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its four rail companies, Southern, Southeastern, Govia Thameslink Railway and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at: Go-Ahead Group plc is one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the bus, rail and aviation services sectors.

Keolis is a French-based operator of transport services in 13 countries worldwide and is owned by SNCF, AXA Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Keolis management.


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