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On January 8, 1996 Eurostar commenced services from Ashford International to Paris and Brussels. Now, more than a decade on, connecting services link Ashford to more than 100 destinations across Europe.

And, from December 2009, domestic services on the High Speed 1 (HS1) rail link, operated by Southeastern, will take passengers from Ashford to London in just 37 minutes, cutting travel time in half.

This is undoubtedly good news for residents, businesses and investors alike. Ashford is better connected than ever to the Continent, London and the rest of the UK. It confirms that Ashford has a bright future.

Eurostar clearly believes in the area and has recently committed to spending a further £750,000 on improving facilities at Ashford International station, taking the total investment to more than £1.5m. New check-in gates have been installed and the footbridge linking the car park to inside the station is to be fully refurbished. Already, Eurostar has invested £250,000 in renewing the CCTV system and has refurbished the Ashford contact centre which employs 300 local people.

Richard Brown, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said: “Together, Ebbsfleet and Ashford will deliver a substantial increase in rail services for the county and strengthen its position as the crossroads to the Continent.”

Ashford International Station is readily accessible by car from the M20 and from most of Kent and East Sussex via five rail lines which converge at Ashford. The station provides travellers with three services a day to Paris (journey time less than two hours), a daily service to Disneyland Resort Paris and seasonal weekly services to the French Alps and Avignon.

Travellers for Brussels are able to change at Lille Europe, where there are also rail connections to the south of France and throughout Europe. Eurostar have reintroducing a direct Brussels service.

Cllr Paul Clokie, Chairman of the Ashford’s Future partnership, said: “We welcome the added investment which shows Eurostar’s commitment to the town. I’m sure many Ashford residents and regular Eurostar passengers will enjoy the improved facilities for many years to come.”

For more information visit www.eurostar.com or telephone 020 7922 4494.