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New trains temporarily unable to stop at Ashford International Station less than a week after completion of £10 million project

By Kristina Curtis

Ashford International has recently undergone a £10 million development to make it compatible for the new Eurostar e320 trains.

But, less than a week after completion, technical problems means that the new trains are, temporarily, not being able to stop at the station.

A joint statement from Network Rail and Eurostar said: “We have experienced some technical issues at Ashford which are affecting the e320 trains.

Damien Green MP and Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling inspect one of the new e320 class trains at Ashford International station on Tuesday. Picture: Chris Davey (1370925)
Damien Green MP and Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling inspect one of the new e320 class trains at Ashford International station on Tuesday. Picture: Chris Davey (1370925)

"As a precautionary measure, we will not be stopping e320s at Ashford temporarily while we investigate the cause. Our e300 and TMST trains will continue to serve Ashford International in the meantime."

Since February, work has been done at the station to upgrade the track and the signalling, as well as changes made to the platform to make it compatible for more trains.

Last Tuesday, one of the first e320's from the brand new fleet of high-speed trains stopped at the station to mark the completion of the project, however it is now uncertain when the new trains will be returning.

A strike by French rail workers is also affecting Eurostar services in Kent today.

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