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Extra rail services between Shoebury and Fenchurch Street during Olympics
COMMUTERS have heaved a sigh of relief after rail company c2c announced plans for extra train services during the Olympic Games.
The company will provide an extra 47,000 seats each weekday during the London Games, to minimise the impact on people travelling to London.
It will also double the length of all trains off-peak and lay on extra shuttle services to help deal with the extra 40,000 people expected to visit the mountain biking event at Hadleigh Farm, on August 11 and 12.
In addition, there will be shuttle buses between Fenchurch Street and Leigh, on the days of the Olympic mountain biking event.
There will also be an extra three late-night train services from Fenchurch Street to Essex throughout the games, to help people get home from the London Olympics venues.
Richard Foot, 23, of Atherstone Road, Canvey, who commutes from Benfleet to London each day, said: “I am really pleased to hear c2c are putting on these extra services, because the trains will be chaotic while the Olympics are on. Lots of people are concerned the trains are going to be completely rammed.
“Most people will be leaving Canvey and Benfleet really early in the mornings to try to miss the rush. My girlfriend, who is a legal secretary in London, has been told she can work at home during the Olympics, because its going to be a nightmare getting in.
c2c are really good at informing commuters what is going on.”
The rail firm is also providing extra capacity for passengers wanting to travel to see the torch relay events and eight carriage trains will be running on Friday when it comes to south Essex.
Pat Watkins, 67, of Fletchers, Basildon, said: “Its great c2c is thinking ahead.”
Julian Drury, c2c managing director, said: “With more than one million extra seats for passengers and 1 per cent 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 they’re commuters.”
For more information log onto c2c-online.co.uk/2012_games
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