Javelin Train News

9th October 2015 - Proposed extension of Javelin services from Ashford on to Bexhill via Hastings and Rye discussed at first public meeting. Go ahead would be expected to create millions of pounds for the region over the next thirty years, with faster travel times from all three locations into London.

11th Sept 2014 - Javelin train operator Southeastern Rail receive the go ahead from UK transport authorities to continue running the Kent to London service until June 2018. Part of the deal involves the provision of around 1000 extra seats on the service per day, with improved connections to other UK towns off of the HS1 route itself. On the same day it was announced that Oyster Cards would be introduced for travel on the St Pancras to Stratford section of the route.

  3rd Feb 2015 - Javelin visits Hastings and Eastbourne stations for the first time in support of campaign for improved rail services to local towns

July 27th to August 12th 2012 - The Javelin train service was diverted from its normal High Speed Rail duties, becoming the key to fast cross-London travel for the duration of the 2012 London Olympics. The service was run using eight trains per hour during peak times, whisking games spectators across London to the Olympic Park in a little under seven minutes.

  13 December 2009 - Successful full scheduled service introduction.

  27 July 2009 - The Javelin Train service completed it's first first timed run from St Pancras to the new Olympic Park, running a time 15 seconds inside the planned trip time of seven minutes.

  14th July 2009 - The UK's first high speed Javelin train began official service on Monday 13th July, running a service between  London and Kent, while also stopping at the new Olympic stadium site at Stratford which at the time was under construction in readiness for the 2012 Olympic Games.

  June 2009 - Southeastern Rail are planning to start a "preview" rail service using the new train on June 29 2009 in advance of the scheduled service due to start on December 13, which will run between St Pancras and Ebbsfleet in Kent and Ashford.

  January 12 2009 - The interior fitting contract for the new Stratford International station has been awarded at a value of 750k . The station is due to open at the end of 2009 and is sited next to the Olympic Park. The 29 week project will bring the station to its opening state by December, and will be managed by designers MPS, who also successfully completed  the design of Ebbsfleet International station North Kent. The Javelin Train is intended to be used on the seven minute trip carrying Olympic Games visitors from St Pancras to Stratford International.

  December 12, 2008 - The Javelin Train, the UK's own version of the Japanese Bullet train, completed it's first journey today from Kent to London a year ahead of the scheduled in service passenger date.

  October 3rd, 2007 - London's new Javelin Train of the future reached 150mph on its inaugural test run. The six-carriage train costing 8.6 million came close to the speed of a Eurostar during trial runs on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The Javelin Train will regularly travel at up to 140mph on the Eurostar route from St Pancras to Ashford.

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We're heading towards the backend of 2015 with the Javelin Train having proven its worth. It's now been operating a highly successful 5 years worth of passenger services from and to the Southeast UK and London, not to mention an impressive passenger-carrying performance across London during the 2012 Olympics. With such a steady service evident, and no additional new trains expected, there isn't a great deal of recent news to report. I'll report here on anything of interest that does come up, but it's likely that the next big news in UK high speed rail travel will be around the introduction of the IEP Trains in 2017.

If the latest news on the Javelin high speed service isn't what you're looking for, it may be worth visiting the timetables and routes pages for an idea of how the train can work to solve any travel requirement you may have.

Further below are the headlines and some detail running from the latest news backwards to the early days of test and introduction.