Well, during peak times, the service will be increased to 12tph between St Pancras International and Ebbsfleet International.
Also, not only are the frequency of trains increased, the Javelin shuttle between St Pancras International and Ebbsfleet international will run 24 hours.
A genuine question - where does the rolling stock come from to provide these extra services?
I'm just wondering whether FGW could adopt whatever policy it is in this area.
I'm fairly sure it's not, but is it possible to use Oyster on Javelin services between St Pancras and Stratford?
Highspeed services elsewhere in Kent will be cut. Normally, 2tph would run to Faversham... instead, 1tph will run to Faversham. Also, 1tph would normally run to Margate and 1tph would normally run to Dover Priory... instead, these will both be terminated at Ashford. This frees up a couple of trains. There are also often a few trains stabled each day, so these will just be being used.
Also, the trip from Ebbsfleet Int. to St Pancras Int. is only 20 minutes, so not many trains are needed to run a high frequency service.
Wishful thinking that FGW would be able to do the same, haha!
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Nope, Oyster cards can not be used on HS1. 'Games Travelcards' can be used, as previously mentioned.
What about the games maker oyster cards that allows free travel?? Can they be used on hs1
1tph would normally run to Margate and 1tph would normally run to Dover Priory... instead, these will both be terminated at Ashford
If you cut a one train per hour service, aren't you removing that service entirely?
Are TOC's permitted to do that under their SLA?
It sounds like robbing Peter to pay Paul?
Not completely because Dover already has services to Charing Cross (2 per hour which stop at Ashford) (and of course 2 trains per hour to Victoria by different route)