Special services for shoppers in c2c's Christmas timetable
National Express train operator c2c is providing more seats and direct trains to Stratford for Christmas shoppers at Westfield as part of its special timetable changes in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.
Key changes to normal c2c services from now until New Year include:
Weekends from Saturday 30 November:
- All mainline services will be doubled to eight carriages, providing extra seats
- Two trains an hour will call at Stratford, providing direct links to Westfield shopping centre. This will be on trains running from Southend in the morning and to Southend in the late afternoon and evening
Weekdays from Monday 2 December:
- More than 30 late-night trains across the week will be doubled to eight carriages to provide more seats for passengers returning from London
- 20 evening trains a week from London will be calling at Stratford to provide direct links home for shoppers at Westfield
Special timetables during Christmas week:
- An early afternoon peak service for commuters on Christmas Eve, with the last trains leaving Fenchurch Street at 22:00
- Four extra trains after midnight on New Year's Eve to help bring revellers home from London
- No trains on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, but c2c season ticket holders can travel for free on Ensign bus services between Southend and Lakeside shopping centre on Boxing Day
c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: "Whether passengers are hitting the shops or heading home from parties, we know the run-up to Christmas is a busy time. That's why we're adding more seats to our trains, and changing our timetable so that it's easier to get to and from Westfield shopping centre."
The direct trains to and from Stratford will not call at West Ham or Limehouse stations, but will start and terminate at Fenchurch Street as usual.