Get on Board, Little Children!

English: Southeastern Class 395 "Javelin&...

English: Southeastern Class 395 “Javelin” High Speed EMU 395006 departs Stratford International station with a service to St Pancras. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unlike the song “Get on Board Little Children!” that train won’t take you to Zion, but it sure will take you to Stratford!

Contrary to information you may have been given in the past, including like myself from South Eastern Railways directly, HS1, the high speed train that leaves from St. Pancras to Stratford and continues to the South East is stopping at Stratford International.

This means that Kings Cross residents and Londoners continue to have a fast way to reach the former Olympic and Paralympic Park (now renamed Queen Elizabeth Park) including all its facilities, Westfield Shopping Mall, and Stratford in general.

According to information I had just verified from HS1, trains depart about every 10 minutes and take only seven minutes to Stratford International.

Whilst it is the fastest and most convenient way to Stratford it is however not the cheapest. The price for a single ticket is currently £5.70, a return journey would cost you double.

Some South Eastern Railway staff have been given out false information after the Olympics, namely that the service to Stratford International  had been discontinued, when all that had actually ceased was a special train-service that shuttled only between the two stations.

Special thanks to KXE reader Tom Cole for mentioning it first.

About Daniel Zylbersztajn

Daniel Zylbersztajn, is since 2012 correspondent to the German independent left of centre daily newspaper taz, die Tageszeitung and Jüdische Allgemeine, and a Pilates Teacher. Born in Germany but also raised in Holland and Israel, he is a long term resident of London Kings Cross (first in 1991), involved parent, local and social activist, and positive lifestyle advocate. He also held posts in research, and conflict work, a.o. for the Palestinian - Israeli peace village Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom. He holds a BA in history and politics from SOAS and two Master degrees, in Urban Sociology (Goldsmiths) and Sports Coaching (Brunel). He is founding and committee member of Coram's Fields User Group, the parent and community voice of Central London's biggest and oldest children playground and was its first spokesperson and chair. Daniel tweets under @zylbersztajn
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One Response to Get on Board, Little Children!

  1. Chris says:

    While Eurostar have never stopped at Stratford International, Southeastern domestic services always have – however Oyster PAYG is *NOT* valid on HS1.

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