This morning my first work meeting was very close to London’s Charing Cross station, so I took the old Southeastern trains service from Ramsgate rather than the wonderful new High Speed 1. I was stunned by how few people there were on the train, so I took this picture. I had an empty carriage to myself and did not need to use headphones to listen to podcasts as I worked. It is sad that instead of rejoicing that Thanet now has the fastest and best commuter service in the country; Thanet North MP Roger Gale carps and moans.
Local people are making up their own minds and ignoring him and voting with their feet. With a fast train leaving a quarter of an hour before the train I was on, why catch the slow train? When if you get up 15 minutes earlier you can be in London an hour earlier?