Olympic National Rail travel bulletin: Tuesday 31 July31/07/2012
Having increased daily capacity since Friday, the railway is today again running extra and longer trains to carry commuters and the hundreds of thousands of spectators travelling to Olympic events such as equestrianism, rowing and football.
• Train companies are providing 570,676 extra seats today, operating over 4.2 million seats in total.
• Fully staffed trains are on standby at different points of the capital, ready to head off to stations should they become especially busy.
• As at midday today, 94% of services were running to schedule across the network.
Over 350,000 spectators have now taken advantage of the special Games rail tickets, and they will remain on sale throughout the Olympics and Paralympics.
The Transport Co-Ordination Centre, set up specifically for the 2012 Games, will keep transport operators informed of each other’s plans and how people are using the public transport system, and help operators provide passengers with the most up-to-date travel information.
A spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies said: “A big thank you goes to passengers who have got into the Olympic spirit and heeded advice to plan ahead. By steering clear of transport hotspots and staggering their journeys where possible, hundreds of thousands of commuters and spectators were yesterday able to travel by rail to work or watch an event and get home afterwards.
“From Friday through to Monday, train companies working with Network Rail have provided more than three million additional seats by running extra and longer trains, and have ensured that there are hundreds more staff on hand to help passengers at the busiest stations.”
Over the Olympics, rail users are advised to plan ahead before travelling by visiting the Get Ahead of the Games website and to give themselves plenty of extra time to get to their final destination.
To get the latest real-time rail travel information, passengers should use the National Rail Enquiries (NRE) service, paid for and run by train companies, which they can access on the move.
Download the free NRE apps for iPhone and Android smartphones, giving instant access to real time running information and journey planning.
Visit the nationalrail.co.uk website to access live train departures boards and journey planners and to search for local operators’ trains.
Follow NRE on Twitter or their train company here.
‘Like’ NRE’s dedicated Facebook page.
Call NRE’s automated TrainTracker service on 0871 200 49 50.
PPM (Public Performanme Measure) combines figures for punctuality and reliability into a single performance measure. PPM is the percentage of trains on time compared to the total number of trains planned.
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