Kent County Council (KCC) has urged the Government to provide more carriages on trains during peak periods, address overcrowding and improve connectivity in its response to a consultation on the area’s rail services
The Department for Transport is consulting ahead of a new franchise to determine who operates rail routes coming into effect in December next year.
For the High Speed service, KCC has said the new franchisee will need to order 20 new trains to support increasing numbers of passengers.
This would see an additional 12 on the Ashford, Canterbury and Dover service, three on the planned service to Rye and Hastings, and five on the Ebbsfleet service.
Meanwhile, parking remains an issue at stations across Kent, with KCC saying Ashford International, Canterbury West, Maidstone East, Otford, Tonbridge and West Malling need additional spaces.