Upminster commuters take stand against train times

PUBLISHED: 17:51 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:51 27 February 2015

A crowded 8.17am train from Upminster to Fenchurch Street

A crowded 8.17am train from Upminster to Fenchurch Street


Furious commuters have taken a stand against proposed train timetable changes that will see their journeys become longer but their chances of getting a seat slashed.

Operator c2c, which runs the service from Upminster to London Fenchurch Street, has published the reports of a public consultation, which garnered 2,239 responses.

A huge 88 per cent of those opposed the planned peak-time changes, with 71pc strongly opposing, because they would see more Upminster commuters standing on their way to work, and on top of that, longer journeys.

Campaign group Save Our Seats has been the driving force behind the opposition.

Member Mike Clarke, of Upminster, said: “The proposed timetable changes will mean no guaranteed seat on any train arriving at Upminster apart from the 8.53 am service.

“I pay £2,288 for a travelcard and like other Upminster commuters I currently have a decent chance of getting a seat, depending on the service.”

Under the current timetable 21 services stop at Upminster before 9am, with seats available on eight trains.

Although the proposed timetable will have more services, it is estimated that out of the 26 services, only one train will have seats available.

Journeys will also be longer.

At the moment peak morning services vary between 21 and 24 minutes to Fenchurch Street depending on how many stops they make.

But from December 2015 most journeys will take 27 minutes.

So on every one people will be standing and standing for longer.

Mr Clarke added: “The fact that c2c received 2,239 responses and 88% of people expressed opposition to the peak timetable speaks volumes for their proposals.

“C2c kept the true impact of their proposals very low key in Havering and we are pleased our SaveOurSeats campaign did manage to warn hundreds of commuters of their plans.

“The consultation may be over but details have yet to be finalised.

“We can only hope that the timetable will not be the disaster it appears to be.”

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