South West Trains Announces Plans for London 2012 GamesBy South West Trains, PRNE
Sunday, July 10, 2011
LONDON, July 11, 2011 -
- 2012 Games Train Tickets now available through dedicated
- Additional late evening services to run from London
Waterloo during the Games
- Full travel advice available from:
London 2012 spectators planning to travel with South West Trains to
next summer’s Games can now take advantage of some great value href="www.southwesttrains.co.uk/">rail tickets,
following the launch of a dedicated new website this week.
The national rail website, will offer special rail fares
exclusively to Olympic and Paralympic ticket holders.
Examples of 2012 Games
fares on the South West Trains network include:
Woking to London Waterloo - Day return: £7.00
Guildford to London Waterloo - Day return: £9.00
Basingstoke to London Waterloo - Day return: £16.40
Winchester to London Waterloo - Day return: £22.40
Portsmouth to London Waterloo - Day return: £26.40
Salisbury to London Waterloo - Day return: £26.40
These prices will be even lower for spectators with a Railcard, who
will be able to get at least a third off any 2012 Games train
These special fares are being made available to spectators more
than 12 months in advance of the start of the Olympic Games,
allowing spectators to book their train travel once they have
confirmation of all their London 2012 sports event tickets.
South West Trains has also worked with Network Rail to draw up a
special timetable that will provide more late night services
throughout the Games. Additional capacity will be provided
on many services, and a number of late evening services from London
Waterloo will also be extended to serve even more stations. Other
late night services have been re-timed to depart later than usual,
providing greater travel options for the thousands of spectators
returning home after the Games. Details of the additional
services are available for passengers to view when booking their
tickets through href="www.nationalrailgamestravel.co.uk/">www.nationalrailgamestravel.co.uk.
In addition to the events taking place in London, there will also
be a number of other events on the South West Trains network,
including the rowing at Eton Dorney, the tennis at Wimbledon and
the sailing at Weymouth.
South West Trains has worked hard to provide the maximum capacity
possible for spectators choosing to travel to these Games venues by
Games organisers have recommended that spectators travelling from
outside the area to attend the sailing at Weymouth should use the
special bus park and ride sites. The London 2012 bus park and ride
service will be an integrated and inclusive service provided by the
Games organisers and parking spaces can be booked through
www.london2012.com/travel. Details of the nearest
available bus park and ride service for Weymouth can also be found
through this website.
There will also be 2012 Games coach services from a range of
locations across the country, as well as existing rail links and
local bus services.
Full advice on the best travel options is available through the
ODA’s own Spectator Journey Planner page - href="www.london2012.com/travel">www.london2012.com/travel.
Commenting from South West Trains, Andy Pitt, Managing Director,
said: ”We have proven experience of dealing with some major
annual sporting events on our network, such as the racing at Ascot,
the tennis at Wimbledon and the rugby at Twickenham.
“We’re pleased to be able to use this experience in gearing up for
the London 2012 Games, providing longer trains running more
frequently and later into the night on many of our routes to help
spectators enjoy all of the action.”
Notes to Editors
1. Spectators must travel with their Games sporting event ticket in
order for the 2012 Games train fares to be valid.
2. Spectators are advised to wait until they have confirmation of
all their London 2012 sports event tickets for the Games before
booking their train fares.
3. There are two types of 2012 Games train tickets:
These tickets will be valid for travel any time on the date shown
on the ticket without restriction. In addition, the ticket for the
return journey, i.e. from London or one of the co-Host cities, will
be valid for travel up to midday the following day.
These tickets will be valid for travel on the date and train
service(s) specified on the ticket. However, the ticket for the
return journey, i.e. from London or one of the co-Host cities, will
be valid for travel on services up to three hours later than
booked, or the next available service where this is more than three
hours after the departure of the specified service.
4. The dedicated 2012 Games train fares website will be separate
from National Rail Enquiries. Any queries made to National Rail
Enquiries will be redirected to the dedicated website. Some fares
are still being finalised by train companies, but all fares will be
available to view on the website, which goes live in late June. The
dedicated website will also have an affiliated call centre for
those without internet access.
5. Customers requiring help when travelling will also be able to
make their assistance bookings when they buy their 2012 Games train
6. Ticketed spectators travelling to Games events in and around
London will also be given a free Games Travelcard with their Games
event ticket, allowing free travel within zones 1-9 and as far as
Watford Junction on most National Rail services, and all Transport
for London services throughout the day of their event. Spectators
with event tickets to venues around London - Eton Dorney (Rowing),
Lee Valley White Water Centre (Canoe Slalom) and Hadleigh Farm
(Mountain Biking) - will receive a Travelcard, and will be able to
travel on National Rail between London and the recommended stations
for those venues at no additional charge.
- Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport
group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and
Canada. The company employs around 35,000 people, and operates bus,
coach, rail, and tram services.
- Stagecoach is one of UK’s biggest bus and coach operators. Around
2.5 million passengers travel on Stagecoach’s 8,400 buses every day
on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands
and Islands of Scotland. The company’s business includes major city
bus operations in London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Manchester,
Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge.
- Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the South West
Trains, Island Line and East Midlands Trains networks. It has a 49%
shareholding in Virgin Rail Group, which operates the West Coast
inter-city rail franchise.
- Stagecoach is also Britain’s biggest tram operator, running
networks in both Sheffield and Manchester.
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