UK to Start High-Speed Service Preview

3 June 2009 (Last Updated June 3rd, 2009 18:30)

The UK's South Eastern Railway will start the limited 140mph high-speed 'preview' service between Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International on 29 June. The preview service on High Speed 1 will help the company get UK passengers' feedback on travel expe

The UK's South Eastern Railway will start the limited 140mph high-speed 'preview' service between Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International on 29 June.

The preview service on High Speed 1 will help the company get UK passengers' feedback on travel experience and continue testing, training and improve services.

High-speed services will reduce the journey times from Ashford International to London by 37 minutes and from Ebbsfleet International by 17 minutes.

The cost of a single high-speed mainline preview fare from Ashford International to St Pancras has increased to £26.60 from £22.20, but first class ticket holders are able to travel for no extra cost.

These new rates are applicable to preview services only.

The UK's first high-speed service will be fully introduced on 13 December.