The South West Trains – Network Rail Alliance is to run a special charter train on behalf of Ascot Racecourse to get passengers to the races during the Royal Meeting.
The special “Ascot Express” service, which has been chartered by the racecourse for the first time, will operate non-stop from London Waterloo to Ascot every morning at 09.12 during Royal Ascot which takes place from 18th to 22nd June.
The racecourse, just a short walk from the railway station, is famous for hosting Royal Ascot in June every year and is synonymous with quality, excellence and a truly memorable day out.
Jake Kelly, Customer Service Director the South West Trains – Network Rail Alliance said:
“We are pleased to be providing a dedicated morning service for racegoers, on behalf of Ascot Racecourse. The “Ascot Express” charter train will provide a new travel option to help people get to the racecourse in time for all the action. We will also run a strengthened South West Trains service with four trains trains an hour Tuesday to Friday and six trains per hour on Saturday during Royal Ascot week.
“Each year, Ascot station welcomes thousands of extra passengers during Royal Ascot. We will deploy four times our usual level of staffing at the station during the week to assist our passengers and help make it an enjoyable day out for all.”
Charles Barnett, Chief Executive at Ascot added:
“Customer service is paramount at Ascot and we are delighted that we can offer our visitors an opportunity to beat the crowds and enjoy a relaxing start to their Royal Ascot experience.”