THERE is clearly a groundswell of opinion that Thurrock commuters are not happy with the new C2C timetable.
Within days, commuters have gone onto social media to express their concerns regarding the timetable due to come on line in December.
Commuters claim C2C are going to:
1. Cut 120 seats per 8 train carriage.
2. Cut the number of 8 train carriages leaving Fenchurch Street at peak time
3. Cut the journey time for commuters not travelling between Barking and West Ham.
So, we out the ball in your court. What do you think of the new timetable? What changes do you disapprove of and which ones are you happy with?
C2C have announced"
"As of Sunday 13th December 2015, C2C will be providing a new timetable that adds 1,400 more seats, 20% more services, and room for 3,000 extra passengers during the morning peak.
If you are travelling from Basildon, Benfleet, Chafford Hundred and Ockendon stations into London then you are most likely to experience the benefits of the new timetable.
You may have already started to see our new c2c metro carriages as part of our Â£12 million refurbishment. They are part of our new timetable preparation to increase capacity, giving you a more spacious journey.
Reasons for the new timetable:
15% more passengers are using c2c since 2010, most noticeably across the East London stations
While 86% of passengers said they were happy with c2c in the latest official survey, only 57% are satisfied with how much room they have to sit or stand
A limited number of trains currently stop at both Barking and West Ham – the most crowded stops on the entire network
Benefits of the new timetable:
More seats for passengers travelling long distances with 1,400 more seats into London in the morning peak
More space for passengers making short trips with capacity for 3,000 more passengers into London in the morning peak
Better connections for passengers who travel onwards into London with a train every three minutes in the morning peak at the key interchange stations
Better weekend services, including half-hourly trains to Stratford and Liverpool Street and a new half-hourly Sunday service via Rainham into central London