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HS1 trains carried 7m passengers in first year

Wed 15 December 2010, 2:33 pm

High-speed trains have carried more than seven million passengers in its first year, it has been revealed.(Sourced from Kent Online.)

On the first anniversary of the formal start of high-speed services between Kent, Medway and St Pancras International, train operator Southeastern said that more than 7.2 million journeys had been made in the past year.

Although bosses were unable to say what that represented as a percentage of overall capacity, they said some peak-hour services were now running around 90 per cent full.

From Ashford, 66 per cent of journeys are now made on high-speed, followed by Canterbury (67), Folkestone (66), Dover Priory (64), Ramsgate (55), Broadstairs (47) and Strood (41).

Southeastern said 16 per cent of the journeys were made by passengers who had not taken the train before.

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