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Better Connected

Ashford’s central location and excellent rail, road, air and sea links provides business with fast, easy access to over 360 million consumers across Europe. Eurostar is a short walk from the town centre and within a 20 minute drive of the Eurotunnel terminal and The Port of Dover, the world's busiest roll-on, roll-off ferry terminal. With a phased multi-million pound investment in transport infrastructure and the introduction of a new high speed rail link in 2009, connections are set to get even better.


Domestic services on High Speed 1 (HS1) rail link to London in just 37 minutes from 2009, cutting travel time in half. Now, the Eurostar passenger service to Paris takes just two hours, while Lille is 57 minutes away. Freight and passenger traffic passes through the Eurotunnel departure point at nearby Folkestone, taking just 35 minutes to Calais. In addition, Ashford has excellent direct rail links to the rest of Kent and Sussex (Folkestone, Dover, Canterbury, Maidstone, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Hastings and Brighton) and London.

Rail Travel Times Starting From Ashford

Station Time Station Time
Folkestone 14 mins Dover 26 mins
Sittingbourne 69 mins Canterbury 16 mins
Maidstone 21 mins Tonbridge 21 mins
Sevenoaks 45 mins Hastings 41 mins
Brighton 110 mins    

Also you can view a table of comparative train times to London from within Kent and across the UK when High Speed 1 is introduced in 2009.


Road links connect Ashford with most European cities within a day. Two major motorways, the M20 and nearby M2, provide easy access to continental Europe and beyond through the Channel Tunnel and via The Port of Dover. With significant improvements to Junction 10 of the M20 completed, the town will benefit from faster access to UK and overseas markets.


Ashford offers ready access to London’s two main airports - Heathrow (around 90 minutes) and Gatwick (just over an hour). London Ashford Airport (Lydd) and Kent International Airport (Manston) are both improving their excellent facilities by investing in phased multi-million pound redevelopment programmes.

The Port of Dover is within easy reach of Ashford – some 30 minutes. The world's busiest roll-on, roll-off ferry terminal, Dover handles up to 2.3 million freight vehicles per year. The Port is set to expand further with a commitment from Dover Harbour Board to invest £200 million as part of their long-term development plan for the area.


Ashford is working with developers and telecommunications operators to establish a fibre optic network in the town. New developments will embrace the latest technology. Ashford will be a place where Broadband access can benefit and support both business and residents alike.