Anorak | Catching The Bullet

Catching The Bullet

by | 28th, October 2004

‘A LITTLE bit of Japan is coming to the Kent countryside.

So streamlined it hardly feels like you’re moving

We talk not of Graham & Phil’s mobile jellied eel sushi van, but of the so-called bullet trains that will soon be flying through England’s garden county like so many electric javelins.

The Department of Transport has just ordered 30 of these cutting-edge new trains at a cost of £200m.

The Times tells its readers how these high-speed locomotives will zip along the between Ashford and London at a considerable pace.

How fast? 185mph! Well, that’s the speed these trains are capable of reaching, but they will be keeping something in reserve, trundling along at a relatively sedate 140mph.

Given the track record of rival travel in the UK, the new trains will also be periodically travelling at 0mph, 10pmh and during weekends when engineering works are taking place 12mph.

But while commuters

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