Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First High-Speed Javelin Train Gets Commuters to Work Early

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First High-Speed Javelin Train Gets Commuters to Work Early

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Byline: Danny Brierley

COMMUTERS on Britain's first domestic high-speed rail service arrived at St Pancras today a minute early.

The inaugural commercial journey of the 140mph Japanese javelin train took passengers from Ashford, Kent, to London in 36 minutes, compared with a normal time of one hour 20 minutes.

Rail company Southeastern raised the Ashford-London single fare from [pounds sterling]22.20 to [pounds sterling]26.60 for those travelling on the Class 395 train.

The train, introduced before a full service in December, makes one stop, at Ebbsfleet in north Kent. Single fares between Ebbsfleet and London also went up, from [pounds sterling]9.10 to [pounds sterling]12.20.

Built by Hitachi, which makes the Japanese bullet trains, the javelin trains are able to reach 140mph as they travel over the Channel Tunnel high-speed rail link, High Speed One. The speed also means connections through Kent will be quicker.

The first passengers were happy with the journey. …

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