A £2 million signalling scheme, increasing capacity at Ashford International, could potentially secure 2,000 jobs for the town.
Ashford International Signalling project will allow more cross-channel trains to stop at the station. Funding is part of the Growth Deal for the region, with the Government spending £46.1m between 2016 and 2021.
Gerry Clarkson, leader of Ashford Borough Council, said: “We’re pleased the Ashford International Signalling project is recognised by the SELEP as an important one for not only Ashford but the whole of the South East.
“This project is needed to provide a signalling solution for Ashford International station, thus enabling the next generation of Eurostar trains to continue to stop at the station, and will help the town continue to be one of the most connected places in the UK.”
Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, said: “We now need Network Rail to agree to deliver the most appropriate signalling upgrade, so that we can ensure the continuation of international rail services at Ashford. A bid for match-funding is in preparation for £2 million to the European Union, which, if successful and together with the Government’s funding, would provide the bulk of the funding required.”
- For more on this story, see RAIL 768, published on February 18.