Olympic rail services announced

Southeastern Trains Games picture linkSoutheastern Trains has published the revised rail timetable that will be in operation during the Olympic Games.

Spectators will be able to travel from Medway stations directly into the Olympic Park at Stratford on the high-speed service during the Games.

However, the HS1 service will be reduced to one train per hour throughout the three weeks of the Games because the trains are being used to operate the 'Javelin' shuttle service between Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St Pancras International stations.

Southeastern secured an agreement from the Olympic Delivery Authority to run two trains an hour to Ashford International, as well as the single service an hour along the north Kent coast to Faversham. Following the consultation period, late night services to both Ashford and Faversham have also been introduced.

Season ticket holders for the high speed service will be offered compensation, it has been announced.

The timetable has been designed to meet the predicted increase in demand from those travelling to Olympic venues. Southeastern has worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to refine their plans and ensure the majority of services are able to be operated for regular commuters. Where possible trains will also be lengthened as it is expected services will be busy throughout the Olympic Games.

The publication of the Olympic and Paralympic timetables has been made following approval from the Department for Transport, after consultation with key stakeholders including MPs, London TravelWatch, Passenger Focus, councils and local user groups.

Picture of a High Speed TrainVince Lucas, Southeastern service delivery director said, “The Olympic timetable is aimed at providing the best possible service to satisfy the need to get spectators to and from venues and also to get our existing commuters into work.

"We have consulted widely on the draft timetables and made some changes, such as reinstating services to Charlton station and the introduction of late night high speed services to Ashford International and Faversham.

"While services will be busy, it is expected that there will be a decline in normal numbers of passengers travelling.”

High speed season ticket holders, of one month or longer, will be contacted directly by Southeastern next year and provided with compensation, the premium fare paid to use the service for the duration of the Olympic Games. Southeastern will also be contacting monthly and longer season ticket holders from Woolwich Dockyard with compensation arrangements, due to its closure for the duration of the Olympic Games. 

The timetable for the Paralympic Games will be as per normal day-to-day service with an increased number of high speed services to Stratford and Ebbsfleet International stations and extra late night services.

While the timetable has been published on the website, these will be subject to final minor alterations in the lead up to the Games. To find out further details of the timetable and a summary of the services being operated please visit www.southeasternrailway.co.uk

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