Kent high-speed train service reduced due to Olympics

The high-speed rail service between Kent and London will be severely reduced during the Olympic Games.

High-speed trains will not run from Folkestone, Dover, Canterbury, Ramsgate or Margate, however, services remain at Ashford and Faversham.

The Javelin trains will instead be used as a shuttle service between St Pancras, Stratford and Ebbsfleet International stations.

Southeastern Trains said it would compensate high-speed commuters.

Jon Hay-Campbell, from Southeastern, said the high-speed shuttle service was part of London's bid to secure the Games in 2012.

"We recognise that those who have high-speed tickets will be at a disadvantage, so we will compensate them during the Olympic Games," he said.

The compensation will only apply to commuters who hold season tickets of one month or more.

Commuters will have to use mainline services into London, which will remain broadly unaffected.

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