Southeastern to run extra trains during Paralympics

Extra train services will be in operation after an increase in ticket sales for the Paralympic Games, rail operator Southeastern has said.

Vince Lucas, from the firm, said about 20% more people would be travelling during the Paralympics and services were expected to be very busy.

He warned that customers could expect to queue before boarding trains.

Southeastern said the number of trains had been reviewed after the high number of passengers during the Olympics.

'Plan ahead'

"Following our experience of the numbers of people travelling during the Olympics and the popularity of the [high speed] Javelin service in particular, we've reviewed our timetable and will now be running more train services for the Paralympics," Mr Lucas said.

Southeastern would be providing more early morning and late night high-speed services to and from the Olympic Park, he added.

The company, which runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, will also be bolstering metro services for spectators travelling to events at Greenwich Park.

Mr Lucas advised people travelling during the Paralympics to plan ahead and avoid busy times.

Some trains will depart up to three minutes earlier than the published timetable and passengers are also advised to check with National Rail Enquiries for the most up-to-date information.

Last week, Paralympics organisers put 45,000 more tickets on sale in addition to the 20,000 already available for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Games organiser Locog said public enthusiasm for the Paralympics reflected that for the Olympics.

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