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Southeastern announces 7.7 million passenger journeys made during London 2012 Olympic Games
Publication date: 16 August 2012
Southeastern announced this week that more than 7.7 million passenger journeys were made on its services during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Approximately 1.4 million of those passenger journeys were made on the Javelin® service.
This is a 20 percent increase on the number of people travelling at the same time last year.
Charles Horton, managing director of Southeastern said: “The service during the Olympics was the culmination of three years of meticulous planning and working with other industry partners, to deliver the best possible service during the Games. We’re really proud of our employees’ efforts as they’ve pulled out all the stops, and worked around the clock to ensure spectators could get to and from events and our customers able to make their journeys.
I’d also like to thank our regular commuters for planning ahead and heeding the advice to avoid busy times and stations, where they could.”
Throughout the 16 days of the Olympic Games:
- 6.2 million extra seats and 3,200 extra trains were provided across all Southeastern services
- Through the Games 96% of our trains ran on-time*
- 1,000 additional employees were on hand to help spectators and passengers at the busiest stations
- On average over 90,000 passenger journeys a day were made on the Javelin® trains
- The busiest day for the Javelin® was Day 10 (Monday 6 August) when 131,000 journeys were made.
Charles Horton concluded: “It’s important to say we’re only half way through the Games and there’s no time for complacency. We’re expecting large numbers of people travelling during the Paralympics in a couple of weeks. Of course at this time fewer people will be taking their summer holidays, so our everyday services will be much busier. There will be times when people will need to queue before travelling – but queues move quickly and are part of keeping London moving.”
*On time is measured of trains within 5 minutes of the printed timetable.
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