The first domestic High Speed service in the UK opened in 2009, linking London with parts of Kent.
The service operates over parts of the High Speed 1 line between London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International. Using HS1, allows trains to travel up to 186mph (300km) and dramatically reduce journey times. Eurostar trains also use this line en route to the Channel Tunnel from London St Pancras.
Southeastern operate High Speed services to and from the following stations:
Ashford International, Birchington-on-Sea, Broadstairs, Canterbury West, Chatham, Deal, Dover Priory, Ebbsfleet International, Faversham, Folkestone Central, Folkestone West, Gillingham (Kent), Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone West, Margate, Martin Mill, Rainham (Kent), Ramsgate, Rochester, Sandwich, Sittingbourne, Snodland, St Pancras International, Stratford International, Strood, Walmer & Whitstable
There are 29 Class 395 High Speed Trains which are in 6 car formation. During peak times, two units are coupled together and form a 12 car train.
The High Speed service played a massive part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Services were rebranded as the Javelin and operated every few minutes between London St Pancras and Stratford International (for the Olympic Park). Southeastern provided extra staff to assist passengers with travel quires and were happy to help those who had mobility issues or required assistance boarding or alighting.
During this time, passenger numbers were very impressive - The busiest day recorded was Monday 6th August with 131,000 passengers using the service.
A special service was operated during the Paralympic Games but not as frequent as the Olympia Games.
Special fares and ticket arrangements are in place on this service. Full timetable, fares and live running train information can be found here.