Tuesday, 4 January 2011

British Golf Open highlights need for highspeed inclusion

More than 200,000 spectators are expected to descend on Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent during July 14th - 17th, with tens of thousands more attracted to take golf and leisure breaks in Kent in the months before and after the Open. Most spectators seeking accommodation or leisure breaks are expected to choose Deal, Sandwich and the surrounding villages.

The economic impact of The Open in 2003 to East Kent was valued at £17.6m.

If the Southeastern 2011 May highspeed timetable does not include a permanent extension to Deal, it could jeopardise the success of the tournament. As the world’s media takes temporary residence in East Kent, transport will be a key indicator of this country’s ability to host a major sporting event and will raise concerns about Southeastern 2012 Olympic services.


  1. As a Deal resident I certainly DO NOT want High Speed links to the town. I moved to Deal because it is a fairly quiet place away from the likes of London. High Speed links would only make London closer. It would be a disaster.

    Well done Southeastern for doing something right for a change a leaving the beauty of Deal just out of arms reach for the city dwellers.

  2. Dear Anon your comments are very selfish!

    Deal has suffered in the past from the East Kent coal field closures and the Royal Marines SoM closure. The younger generation who were "BORN" in Deal have a right to better rail services. Why shouldn't they have better links to London so they can work and study in our capital.

  3. Perhaps we should organise a demonstration during the open maybe even get the Green party involved as they have recently said new rail and bus routes need to be opened and existing ones improved.

  4. This is a disaster in the making, surely many people will use the trains to get to the open. Quite frankly Southeastern are not able to offer them a reliable service whatsoever.