Evening Standard retreats from Medway towns

Strolling down the very beautiful High Street in Rochester, Kent, on Wednesday afternoon, Axegrinder popped into a newsagent to buy an Evening Standard. 

‘Enjoy it while you can,’said the newsagent handing me a copy. ‘We’ve just heard that from Monday it won’t be distributed anywhere in the Medway towns.” 

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Quickly turning to page two, one finds an article explaining ‘changes to printing times and distribution”, but no mention that the capital’s evening paper has decided to say farewell to Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham. 

Next year, the introduction of new high-speed commuter trains to St Pancras International will make towns such as Rochester a mere 30-odd minutes from London. 

It’s strange, then, that the Evening Standard should now decide to abandon the old cathedral city.




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