Maidstone Lib Dem councillors have been successful in getting Secretary of State Chris Grayling to confirm that fast Thameslink train services into St Pancras will run to Maidstone, calling at West Malling, from December 2019. He has also approved overnight sidings in Ashford. The published plans say there will be two additional trains per hour throughout the day. Train speeds will be 'competitive' with the High Speed trains which currently stop at Snodland, Strood, Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St Pancras.
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