Well, I suppose you will all groan when I tell you I returned safely from Birmingham.
Firstly I discovered the delights of the newly upgraded West Coast Mainline. 1hr 22mins from Euston to Birmingham. (compared to 1hr 54mins for 60miles from Thanet to London Victoria).
Secondly, Virgin trains are clean and the toilets work (compared to South East trains that was a pleasent surprise)
Thirdly, got a seat from Birmingham to Euston shame South East trains had run out of those on the return journey.
The point of my post is, no matter what we do in Thanet, we need to get a quality (cheap) rail link to London. That means NO surcharges.