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Travelodge to focus on new hotels by railways as Ashford International site opens

Travelodge has opened its 574th hotel close to Ashford International railway station servicing HS1 and proposed HS2 routes. Travelodge now operates hotels close to the UK’s busiest 200 railway stations.

The new 58-room Travelodge, with an onsite restaurant called the Bar Café, represents an investment of £5m for the landlord, Ashford Borough Council. It is the closest hotel to Ashford International railway station, home to HS1 and offers rooms from £29.

The budget hotel chain currently operates hotels close to major railway stations at eight of Britain’s largest cities that will connect the south with the north via the proposed HS2 high speed line. This includes London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Every day four million passenger journeys start, end or pass through Britain’s railway stations. The rise of train travel has never been more important to the economic and social success of the UK economy. A key growth area are commuter towns which offer a fast train service (less than an hour) into London.

These commuter towns are growing at pace and attracting businesses of all sizes. They are also a magnet for savvy business and leisure travellers who are seeking low cost accommodation with easy access into the capital.

Tony O’Brien, Travelodge UK’s Property Director, said: “Our next stop is to open hotels by railway stations in key commuter towns across the south east that have a fast service into London. These towns are important business locations in their own right and are growing at pace and attracting businesses of all sizes.

“They are also a magnet for savvy travellers who are seeking low cost accommodation and don’t mind travelling into the capital.

“Collectively this expansion would represent an investment of £59.5 million for third party investors and create around 300 new jobs.”

Travelodge has identified ten key commuter towns where it would like to open a hotel close to the railway station which offers a fast service into London. Locations include Broxbourne, Gillingham (Kent), Haywards Heath, Maidstone, Reading, Shoreham, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Ware and Watford.

Collectively this proposed railway expansion plan would represent an investment of £60m for third party investors and create approximately 300 new jobs.