National Express train operator c2c will provide more than 500,000 extra seats for passengers during the Paralympics and has published today a day-by-day guide for passengers to the extra services that are being operated.
The extra seats will increase capacity by 35%, and include:
- Over 27,500 extra seats each weekday of the Games, by doubling the length of all trains in the evening and at night 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
- Longer trains at weekends with all services doubled to eight carriages in length, rather than the usual four carriages
- Additional Sunday trains between Grays and Barking via Rainham to provide a service that begins earlier and finishes later to help visitors get to and from the Olympic Park
- 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.
c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “c2c had a very successful first round of the Games, but the challenge during the Paralympics will be different. We have concentrated our extra capacity on the evenings as this is the time when we can expect most additional demand, but all our customers should be aware of the Paralympics and the potential impact it may have on their journeys.”
c2c’s daily guide for passengers provides details for those looking to travel at different times of day during the Games. Full details and the timetables for the duration of the Paralympics are available at http://www.c2c-online.co.uk/2012_games