It is great news that High Speed train services have been restored to Deal and the villages from this week (Monday 7 September) following talks with rail bosses.
Train services between Dover and Ramsgate on the High Speed line had been suspended and reduced during the coronavirus outbreak.
Southeastern responded to my calls to restore the service as soon as they could, and this week saw the reintroduction of an hourly, all-day high speed service to Deal and the villages.
I’m pleased that full High Speed services are being restored in our area – and delighted we have secured fresh investment in the railway stations themselves too including better disability access. Earlier in the year it was announced Deal will receive more than £100,000 of Government funding for accessibility improvements under the Access for All scheme.
I also recently joined forces with fellow Kent MPs calling for Southeastern to introduce more flexible season ticket options, as working patterns change amid the pandemic. The rail firm has now submitted proposals for flexible season tickets to the Department for Transport.