Does high speed rail link mean more business for Kent?

IMG00222.jpgIt takes just 14 minutes to get from St Pancras station in Central London to Ebbsfleet in North Kent using Southeastern trains new high speed rail link. It’s not a particularly pretty journey as most of it passes through tunnels but it is certainly fast.

The journey time will go up by three minutes when the trains start stopping at Stratford but I was curious to know if the economic benefits to Kent would extend beyond attracting London commuters to attracting new businesses.

During the journey this morning, I spoke to deputy leader of Kent County Council, Alex King, Mandy Bearne, director of marketing and research for Locate in Kent and industrial and logistics partner at Knight Frank Paul Mussi and asked them if investment would be speeding into the county.

Stacey Meadwell

About Stacey Meadwell

Journalist on EG's regional team for 15 years looking after all our regional features, EG London, the Focus blog, regional receptions and awards. Always on the look out for the next hot topic, profile or case study so get in touch if you have an idea

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2 Responses to Does high speed rail link mean more business for Kent?

  1. Ebbsfleet Trains 22 February, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    I always use the high speed service to get to work in the morning; I find it so much easier and it saves so much time so you don’t have to rush! Plus the car parks at Ebbsfleet are never full so you never have to hunt for a space!


  2. Travelling from Ebbsfleet 24 May, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    I too commute to London from Ebbsfleet international every day for work, and it does savbe a huge amount of time (well, huge to me anyway!) and I always have somewhere to sit so I can relax and enjoy my journey :)


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