Rail Services – Proposed cuts to Services

There are proposed cuts in service on services between Tonbridge and Ashford. The DfT Public Consultation talks about reducing calls at stations between Tonbridge and Ashford – reductions for Pluckley, Headcorn, Staplehurst, Marden, and Paddock Wood.

This could have a major impact on  communities, towns and villages along this line and villages like ours, where many rely on rail services for commuting to and from work and school. 

A petition (details of which are below) has been raised which has nearly 3000 signatures. Signing this petition means that you reject any reduction in rail services for Pluckley, Headcorn, Staplehurst, Marden, and Paddock Wood.

The background to this is that Southeastern’s franchise to provide our services expires December 2018 and the Department for Transport (DfT) is building the tender process.

What do you need to do? 

  • To sign this petition go to   https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/194306. This is open until the 3rd May
  • There is also an open consultation which needs a response by Tuesday 23 May 2017 details of which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-south-eastern-rail-services
  • You can email  b or you can write:

Southeastern Rail Franchise Consultation Coordinator,

Zone 4/13,

Department for Transport,

Great Minister House,

33 Horseferry Road,

London SW1P 4DR