Ashford International railway station


The Ashford International station is the City Ashford in the English county station ( County) Kent in the southeast of the island of Great Britain.

The station belongs to Network Rail. The domestic trains are driven by the respective owners of the franchise for the Network South East.


The railway station is an important railway junction with a connection to the high-speed High Speed ​​1 from the Euro Tunnel to London and railways in the traditional British railway network in five directions.

About the South Eastern Main Line towards Folkestone and Dover or about Pluckley to London Charing Cross; on the Maidstone Maidstone East Line on the northwest to the London area; on the Canterbury West Line to Canterbury and Ramsgate; and on the Marsh Link Line to Hastings. High Speed ​​1 bypasses the station on the east side.

After the commissioning of the second section of the High Speed ​​Line High Speed ​​1 to London St Pancras keep in Ashford per day only five Euro Star trains to the continent, three of them to the Gare du Nord (Paris) of the Marne la Vallée- Chessy station in the immediate neighborhood of the amusement park Disneyland Resort Paris east of Paris and a train to Brussels

As of 2009, the station is to be operated by the 225 km / h fast regional trains that connect London St. Pancras with various destinations in Kent. In Ashford, the maintenance center for this Hitachi -built trains will be built in Japan (Class 395 ).

Method of construction

The station has six tracks on three platforms. Every six tracks are equipped with a bus bar that provides 750 volts DC, the tracks of three to six and having a top line, and 25 kV AC voltage at 50 Hz.

For international transport, the tracks are used 3 and 4, the other for domestic connections. The gauge of the track corresponds to the international UIC GB profile, so that there could hold also designed for the continental European rail network trains.