National Express train operator c2c has today confirmed it will be providing more than one million additional seats during the three weeks of the 2012 Games, as it publishes a day-by-day guide for passengers to the extra services that are being operated.
Highlights of the improvements during the Games period include:
- Over 47,000 extra seats are being provided each weekday of the Games, by doubling the length of almost all trains during off-peak times and running additional trains and special shuttle services
- At least three additional train services every day late at night from Fenchurch Street and West Ham to Essex to help people get home after services normally finish
- Shuttle services running between West Ham and Fenchurch Street after the Olympic Park closes, to help transport passengers into central London and on to connecting services.
- Shuttle services between Fenchurch Street and Leigh-on-Sea on the days of the Olympic mountain bike event at Hadleigh Farm
- AM and PM peak services are protected with no capacity removed, even though 17% fewer passengers normally travel on peak services in August
- In the four weekdays before the start of the Games, evening trains after 7pm will be doubled in length to eight carriages to provide extra capacity later in the evening
c2c is also providing extra capacity for passengers wanting to travel to see the Torch Relay events. On Friday 6 July, when the Relay reaches South Essex, c2c will be running trains with eight carriages throughout the day, double the normal length of four carriages. c2c will be running a special private train for 150 pupils aged 6-11 from Hinguar Primary School in Shoeburyness to transport them to Southend Central station to see the Torch Relay.
On Saturday 21 July when the Relay is in East London, c2c will be running trains with eight carriages on all services on the Main Line (via Laindon). On Sunday 22 July all trains will be eight carriages long, and services will be running into Liverpool Street rather than Fenchurch Street.
c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “With more than one million extra seats for passengers and 17% fewer people normally using our peak-time trains in August, I believe our service levels will be welcome news for all passengers. The information we’ve published on our website will help more people make their travel plans, whether they’re making special journeys to Olympic events or are regular commuters.”
c2c’s daily guide for passengers provides details for those looking to travel at different times of day during the Games.