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Southeastern warns trains will be ‘very busy’ during Golf Open

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A train line running into Kent will be given a boost as the county hosts one of the world's biggest sporting events.

The 149th Open Golf Championship will take over the Royal St George's course in Sandwich from Thursday (July 15) to Sunday (July 18).

Train company Southeastern announced a special timetable will be created for the event, with bosses believing trains from London to Sandwich will be "very busy".

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From Tuesday (July 13) to Sunday (July 18), more high-speed trains will be deployed between London St Pancras International, Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International and stations on to Sandwich.

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Passengers who want to travel on certain high-speed morning services must reserve a space from Wednesday (July 14) to Sunday (July 18).

Southeastern explained the move is to "ensure as many passengers as possible can travel, whilst also ensuring compliance with social distancing requirements".

A spokesman said: "Reservations apply to trains from London St Pancras International to Sandwich, and all stations along the route, from 06:00 – 10:37 (10:34 on Saturday 17 July).

"A reservation on these trains will guarantee you a space but not necessarily a seat, and we expect spaces to sell quickly so please ensure you book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment," the company's website reads.

There will be extra staff at St Pancras, Stratford or Ebbsfleet to keep the public safe, along with a managed queuing system.

Services in the evening are predicted to be "very busy" and, although customers can't reserve a space on the return journey, a queuing system will also be at Sandwich.

The Open is set to welcome fans back to Royal St George's golf course in Sandwich for the first time in a decade.

Southeastern stressed there will also be "some changes to services across Kent" as a result of the extra high-speed services.

"If you’re travelling to and from Sandwich from other parts of Kent, these services will be busier than usual," the company said.

It added: "We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your journey."

Passengers are being advised to check before they travel while the championship is in play.

More details of the services can be found below.

Medway Valley

  • There will be no high-speed services from Maidstone West and Snodland

Highspeed via Chatham

  • There will be a limited high-speed service between London St Pancras International, Faversham, Margate and Ramsgate
  • Some high-speed trains between London St Pancras International and Ramsgate via Faversham will have fewer carriages than normal

Ashford – Canterbury West – Ramsgate/Margate

  • Some high-speed services will be diverted after Canterbury West to run to and from Sandwich
  • There will be a reduced service between Ashford International, Canterbury West and Ramsgate/Margate

Ashford International – Dover – Ramsgate

  • Most trains between London Charing Cross and Ramsgate will start and terminate at Dover Priory

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