More trains and extra seats for London marathon passengers
National Express train operator c2c is putting on extra services and longer trains to help passengers watching or participating in the London Marathon this Sunday.
Over 30,000 extra seats will be available on Sunday, providing 70% more capacity than normal. Special measures include:
- Eighteen extra services added to the timetable, including extra half-hourly trains from Laindon into Fenchurch Street in the morning, and back to Laindon in the afternoon
- An additional early morning train running from Grays to London via Rainham to help local runners get to the start line
- All mainline services doubled in length to eight carriages, all day
- The busiest trains from Grays via Ockendon doubled in length to eight carriages
c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: "The London Marathon is always a major event in the calendar, and we want to make sure local passengers are able to get there to cheer the runners on. With 30,000 extra seats added to our trains on Sunday, this ensures the runners get a well-deserved chance to sit down on their journey home."
c2c services stop at West Ham station, where runners can catch the Jubilee line to the start at Greenwich, and Limehouse and Fenchurch Street stations which are both on the marathon route.