PASSENGERS are set to benefit from hundreds of extra trains per week to connect them to London.

Rail company c2c has announced the extra services and multiple timetable changes from June.

The changes come into effect on Sunday, June 2, when there’ll be two new morning peak services and an additional 190 off-peak services.

The east London and south Essex rail firm also announced the reintroduction of four off-peak trains per hour on weekdays in both directions, from Fenchurch Street to Shoebury.

This move ensures many stations on the c2c route provide customers with access to a regular four trains per hour service again.

Rob Mullen, c2c’s managing director, said: “Our scheduling teams continually monitor passenger loadings and customer travel patterns and I am delighted that we are now in a position where we can introduce additional morning peak services.

“We’re also doubling the number of off-peak services we run between Fenchurch Street and Shoebury via Basildon each Monday to Friday.

“We recognise that many of our customers’ working, shopping, leisure and educational arrangements and travel requirements have changed since the pandemic.

“The reintroduction of a frequent 15-minute, four trains per hour, off-peak service will give the communities and people we serve access to vital services at times that best suit them.”

The changes applied for Mondays to Fridays from June 2 include the addition of two services – a 7.08am journey from Leigh to London Fenchurch Street, making stops at all stations up to Basildon, followed by West Ham, Limehouse and Fenchurch Street; and a 7.45am service from Shoebury to London Fenchurch Street.

For the off-peak times, new schedules from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness include departures beginning at 9.19am and then every 30 minutes until 2.49pm, and then resuming from 8.19pm to 10.19pm.

For Shoebury to Fenchurch Street, services start at 10.11am, repeating every 30 minutes up until 3.11pm.

Evening services from Shoebury to Fenchurch Street run at 6.47pm, 7.14pm, 7.42pm, 8.11pm, 8.41pm, 9.11pm, and 9.41pm.