Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge first train since July 1985. The first train from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge since the line was closed on 6th July 1985 by the short-sighted Thatcher government. Unfortunately this isn't a modern high-speed electric train but an antiquated steam unit run by a local preservation group. This will do nothing to combat traffic gridlock in west Kent and it is certainly not a "commuter service" as some have described it.
All is not lost though as a plan to reopen the Tunbridge Wells Central to Eridge/Ashurst route as part of the national network along with Uckfield to Lewes and Brighton could see these lines making a massive contribution to public transport in the South East and beyond once again. For more details see http://www.bml2.co.uk and http://www.wealdenline.org.uk
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