Previously we had reported that Eurostar would not be serving Kent until next year.

That was the plan until this week. But now reveals that Eurostar will not now serve its two Kent stations (Ebbsfleet and Ashford) until 2023.

This is a blow for the residents of Kent as well as these two stations along the high-speed line HS1.

The impact will be especially felt by residents near the coast who (unless taking their own vehicles) will have to backtrack to the capital in order to take Eurostar.

I say that, because at the time of writing, the ferries are not accepting foot passengers. However this restriction could change.

Kentonline quotes a Eurostar spokesperson as saying the firm will revise this decision towards the end of 2022.

“We can confirm that our Kent stations will remain closed throughout 2022.

“As the business starts its recovery, we need to focus on core destinations, where demand is highest.”

Recently Eurostar increased its core services. There are now up to five daily direct trains running to Paris, two to Brussels and one to Amsterdam.

Eurostar to operate eight daily return services from September