Southeastern and Greater Anglia report increased patronage during the 16-day Games period, with 95% or more of their trains arriving on time

Train operators Greater Anglia and Southeastern have each reported that patronage on their services was up by a fifth during the London 2012 Games.

Govia-owned Southeastern announced last week that more than 7.7 million passenger journeys were made on its services during the London 16-day Games. This is a 20% increase on same period of last year.

To accommodate the extra demand, 6.2 million extra seats and 3,200 extra trains were provided across all Southeastern services. 1,000 additional employees were on hand to help spectators and passengers at the busiest stations.

Approximately 1.4 million of those passenger journeys were made on the special Javelin shuttle service, linking St Pancras with Stratford Intenational. On average over 90,000 passenger journeys a day were made on the Javelin trains. The busiest day for the service was August 6 when 131,000 journeys were made.

Abellio-owned Greater Anglia, which serves Stratford station, the main transport hub for the Olympic Park, recorded 3.5 million passenger journeys into London, a rise of nearly 600,000 passengers (almost 20%) on the same period of last year.

Over 95% of Greater Anglia trains arriving on time during the Games period. Southeastern reported that 96% of its trains were on time.

With the Paralympic Games starting next week, Southeastern managing director Charles Horton says there is no room for complacency. “We’re expecting large numbers of people travelling during the Paralympics in a couple of weeks. Of course at this time fewer people will be taking their summer holidays, so our everyday services will be much busier,” he commented.


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