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Portas train tickets to Margate

Southeastern trains are to offer discounted train tickets from London to Margate in support of the Portas Pilot regeneration scheme.

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Mary Portas programme gathers support

Mary Portas with David Cameron in London Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Southeastern Trains is to offer significant discounts on their rail fares from London to Margate over the winter months in support of the Mary Portas scheme to regenerate the town.

But the plans by the "Queen of Shops" have drawn criticism from local business leaders who say that she is more interested in making a TV programme rather than regenerating the high street.

Margate has been labelled as 'Britain's second worst ghost Town' with its 36.1% vacancy rate and is one of twelve 'Portas Pilot' towns Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Many of the town's shops stand empty Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Margate is one of twelve 'Portas Pilot' towns picked by Grant Schapps MP to receive help from retail guru Mary Portas. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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