c2c launches plan to increase capacity for local rail passengers
One of the new redesigned carriages which will be introduced on 20% of c2c trains
c2c has today published the latest passenger projections for the forthcoming new timetable, which starts in December 2015. This provides 1,400 extra seats and room for over 3,000 more passengers in each morning peak alone, with passengers at Basildon, Benfleet, Chafford Hundred and Ockendon stations among the biggest winners. Connections are also dramatically improved for those c2c passengers who travel onwards into London.
Details of the new timetable, including how busy each train is likely to be in the morning peak, are now available on the c2c website here.
Equivalent figures for the current timetable have also been published, which show that the new timetable provides 25% more stops with seats available for passengers than today, and a reduction in the number of trains that are full.
c2c also unveiled this morning a new-look train design, which is planned to be introduced for 20% of c2c’s trains over the next six months. These trains, which will be focused on the shortest journeys at peak times, each provide room for 150 more people onboard by creating more space that can be used by standing passengers. The first passenger service for the redesigned trains was this morning’s 07:41 from Pitsea to Fenchurch Street via Rainham.
This is part of a £12m upgrade programme of all of c2c’s trains, which will also see every train refreshed to provide passengers with a brighter, cleaner and more comfortable journey. The first of these refurbished carriages also started in service this morning.
c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “We know our trains are getting busier, so our new timetable which starts in December will help more people making the longest journeys to get a seat. This is complemented by the new train design we’ve unveiled today for our shorter-distance peak trains, which provide more space and will help more passengers making short trips to get onboard. We’d really like feedback on this new look, so we want passengers to try the new train and tell us what they think.
“These improvements to capacity are part of our three-stage programme to transform the c2c service, combined with the new discounted tickets and smartcards we launched last year and the automatic compensation scheme for delayed passengers that will begin early next year.”
Click the links below to download copies of the seat availability for the current and future morning peak timetables.