c2c has announced that they will only be able to operate a restricted train timetable this July and August.
For 16 days in July and early August, engineering work will be taking place to prepare for the introduction of TfL’s new Barking Riverside train service.
Passengers are being asked to plan ahead, and to be flexible as to when they can travel during the period, which runs from 20 July to 4 August.
The engineering work will close the London-bound track between Purfleet and Barking, while services via Ockendon will only run towards London throughout the day with no direct trains from London.
A reduced service frequency and longer journey times on several routes are to be expected, including at peak times.
Key changes include:
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.
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.
What did the officials say?
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.”