Advanced warning regarding C2C timetable restrictions



c2c will only be able to operate a restricted train service for 16 days in July and early August because of  engineering work preparing for the introduction of TfL’s new Barking Riverside train service.


Passengers are asked to plan ahead and to be flexible in their travel plans where they can be during this period, from 20 July to 4 August.


This engineering work will close the London-bound track between Purfleet and Barking, while services via Ockendon only run towards London throughout the day.


As a result c2c can only operate a restricted timetable for the duration of this engineering work, with reduced service frequency and longer journey times on several routes, including at peak times. Key changes include:






Purfleet, Rainham, Dagenham Dock:

–          A 25% reduction in peak service frequency

–          All trains to London will run via Grays only, extending journey times by up to 30 mins


Stanford-le-Hope; East Tilbury; Tilbury Town; Grays:

–          A 25% reduction in peak service frequency

–          Journey times up to 10 minutes longer


All other stations:

–          Many peak services are retimed

–          No significant changes to frequency or journey time

Chafford Hundred and Ockendon:

–          All trains from London will run via Grays only, extending journey times by 30 mins


All other stations:

–          Many peak services are retimed

–          No significant changes to frequency or journey time



There will also be significant alterations to off-peak services and a reduced weekend service. c2c will also be operating additional bus services in areas without trains to help passengers with their journeys.


These changes are because of significant engineering works to support construction of TfL’s new train line to Barking Riverside. This will provide improved transport infrastructure to support more homes and economic growth in the region.


c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “During these 16 days c2c does not have our normal access to the tracks, and that severely reduces the train service we can run. This means fewer services and longer journey times from many stations, so we are announcing details now to help passengers plan ahead.


“We’re sorry this will have an impact on your commute for the duration of these engineering works, and we urge everyone who does have some flexibility to plan ahead and take advantage of this advance notice where they can.”


The full c2c timetable for this period is currently being finalised with Network Rail and freight train operators and we will publish it as soon as it is finalised, which is expected to be in June.


c2c has set up a dedicated webpage for customers which will be maintained with information on the restricted timetable at:


2 Responses to "Advanced warning regarding C2C timetable restrictions"

  1. 12.04   April 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    As ever Commuters from Grays being treated like second class citizens

  2. a.small   April 16, 2019 at 9:45 am

    I notice there’s no mention of compensation for the 25% reduction in service, so its more profits for c2c then. Perhaps they could run 12 car trains, after all Network Rail made a huge investment years ago (at c2c’s behest) extending the platforms to allow them to run round the Tilbury loop, then c2c dropped the idea after the work was completed.

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