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PUBLISHED: 14:58 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 August 2010

COMMUTERS are to be given a taste of the transport of the future as state-of-the-art Japanese bullet trains are to run on special preview services. Southeastern Trains on Monday confirmed that a limited preview service is to be run on High Speed 1 from J

COMMUTERS are to be given a taste of the transport of the future as state-of-the-art Japanese bullet trains are to run on special preview services.

Southeastern Trains on Monday confirmed that a limited preview service is to be run on High Speed 1 from June 29.

The preview service will operate on weekdays between Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International giving passengers the chance to experience what the UK's first high speed service will be like when it is fully introduced on December 13.

Journey times from Ashford International to London will be just 37 minutes and from Ebbsfleet International the journey will take just 17 minutes.

Charles Horton, Southeastern managing director said, "These preview services offer many passengers the opportunity to reduce their journey times and experience what it is like to travel at up to 140 miles an hour on the UK's first ever high speed line.

"This is an extremely exciting time for the whole rail industry and we are pleased that we are able to provide this preview service six months early and offer our passengers greater choice."

Four morning peak services will leave Ebbsfleet International for St Pancras International and six services will go back in the evening peak. Throughout the day services will run twice hourly.

Fares from Ebbsfleet International will cost £12.20 for a single, £24.30 for a return and £12.50 for an off-peak return.

Existing Southeastern ticket holders can pay a supplement of £3.10 each way and all first class ticket holders are able to travel on the high speed service for no extra cost.

Mr Horton said: "The fares that we are announcing today are for the preview service only and we feel they offer value for money for passengers who will now be able to get to London in 37 minutes from Ashford and just 17 minutes from Ebbsfleet.

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