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 (southeasternrailway.co.uk), National Rail Enquiries (nationalrail.co.uk), our ‘On Track’ app, and our Twitter account (@Se_Railway).