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 Javelin trains were the transport backbone to the 2012 Olympics in London, moving over 25000 people an hour.

The Olympic Javelin was the high-speed train shuttle service announced as part of the successful London 2012 Olympic bid. It was an integral part of the plan to improve public transport in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, an area of the bid that was initially regarded as being poor by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The service was run for the duration of the games, between St Pancras station and Ebbsfleet International station, via Stratford International station, which was situated within the Olympic Park.

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The introduction of the new trains have revolutionise rail travel in the county. Folkestone to London now take just 63 minute, compared to 98 minutes today, and the journey from Dover has been cut from 112 minutes to 74.

Cllr Nigel Collor, cabinet member for access at Dover District Council, fought hard to bring the new service to the town and he was at St Pancras to welcome the train to the capital. He said: "Successfully bringing the high-speed train to Dover is key to the way regeneration is taking off and moving forward. It's going to be a major step forward for Dover to have this new service.

"People can work in London and live in this area, and vice versa, and by linking into St Pancras you are linking up to the rest of the national rail network. It opens up our tourist destination to people from London and the north of the country."

The new trains, which also helped ferry spectators to London venues during the 2012 Olympics, are going to be a big part of Southeastern's future but the company insists it will not be to the detriment of their existing services.

Managing director Charles Horton said: "This is a huge step forward and gives thousands of our passengers a whole new range of choices about where they live, how they travel to work and how they link up with rail connections to other parts of the country and the continent.
"We're proud to be at the forefront of this most exciting adventure, yet remain determined to provide passengers on all our trains with a level of service that is consistently high."

The journeys from St Pancras and Ebbsfleet International are  to take 7 to 8 minutes and 10 to 15 minutes respectively, with trains running in both directions every six minutes. St. Pancras will allow for connections with the Underground, and trains to/from the Midlands, Scotland, and North of England, while Ebbsfleet  provide connections to/from train and bus services in North Kent and the Thames Gateway. On both legs the service will run exclusively on tracks of Section 2 of the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

The service is to be operated by Southeastern as part of the domestic services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

Over 80% of Olympic spectators traveled to and from the venues by rail. Services to the Olympic Park were projected to have a capacity of 240,000 travellers per hour, with around 25,000 of those using the Javelin service

It was planned that the service use the same fleet of Class 395 trains as ordered for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link domestic commuter services, known as "CTRL-DS". Domestic services were suspended during the course of the Olympic Games.

An order worth 250 million had been placed with Hitachi Europe for 28 high speed "A-trains", based on the same technology as the Japanese Shinkansen high-speed trains, and should reach speeds of 140 mph (225 km/h).

London Olympics Transport Upgrade

THE PROJECT

Even with the vast array of rail systems in the UK capital, further upgrades are needed . These upgrades will benefit the city for generations ahead, with many of the improvements planned prior to the announcement that London had won the bid to host the prestigious event.

The primary project is completion of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), which was due to become fully operational on November 14 2007 – 14 years to the day since the Channel Tunnel opened. Not only does this allow the acceleration of Eurostar international services between London, Paris and Brussels, it will also see the start of the Olympic Javelin high-speed shuttle.

London Underground underwent a massive programme of refurbishment, including track relaying to improve reliability and ride and also the refurbishment of all the stations before 2012.

The Docklands Light Railway has already opened a new extension to London City Airport from Canning Town,  This system is also due for two further extensions to take the system on to North Woolwich from London City Airport by 2009 and to Stratford International by 2010.

The fourth major project to be completed is the upgrading and conversion of the East London Line to a metro style heavy rail system. This project was organised under the banner of London Over ground, which is a new branch of Transport for London which operate the ELL and the routes that form North London Railways.

The first phase of the ELL project saw the former London Underground line converted to heavy rail standards and extended north to Dalston Junction. A new viaduct, rebuilt stations and improved trackwork are all part of the plan which will see a new image brought to this backwater railway.

It stretched southwards to West Croydon by 2010,  Ultimately, the project could make orbital journeys around London possible by 2016.

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The biggest change is on the underground. A 600m contract was awarded for the complete resignalling of the Jubilee and Northern Lines to increase capacity and reliability. The new system on the Jubilee Line will also allow full use to be made of newly-lengthened trains on the cross-city route.

THE FUTURE

London's transport system is on the verge of dramatic change. Stations are being improved and new rolling stock is being ordered for long-lasting effect. When all the projects are complete 240 trains will serve the Olympic park every hour, with ten different lines feeding the area.

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