c2c is providing extra, longer trains and free travel for runners to celebrate the 2017 London Marathon.
Athletes taking part in the Sunday 23 April event will be able to travel free to and from the event on any c2c service simply by showing their race number or medal instead of a ticket.
There will also be a number of extra services and longer trains to help cope with the expected demand.
C2c Delivery Director Joel Mitchell said: “The London Marathon is one of the biggest charity events of the year, and we are keen to play our part in helping everyone who is raising money, or cheering on friends and family who are. We know the London Marathon is hugely popular throughout East London and Essex, so we hope our combination of extra trains, extra seats and free travel for runners will make it as easy as possible for everyone taking part in, or watching, the big event.”
Network Rail engineering works on a railway bridge close to Grays station to improve the line for customers mean that no direct services can run from and to Grays that day, so c2c has arranged up to eight London-bound bus services an hour to help ensure residents in Stanford-Le-Hope, East Tilbury, Tilbury Town, Grays, Purfleet, Rainham and Dagenham Dock can still get to the London Marathon on time. These buses will provide capacity for over 750 people an hour to travel to and from London, which is significantly more than the normal peak demand.
Further information on travelling to the London marathon with c2c, please see http://www.c2c-online.co.uk/travelling-with-us/service-alterations/alteration/?id=1563&type=0&calendar=4