More main line trains during Paralympics

RAIL operator Southern says extra late night services will be running to meet extra demand during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Many trains on the line from London Victoria to East Croydon, Three Bridges, Worthing, Eastbourne, Gatwick Airport, Lewes and Brighton will also have extra carriages.

Chris Burchell, Southern’s managing director said: “Ticket sales for the Paralympics have been unprecedented with a sell-out at the Olympic Park and other London venues expected. We’ve put as much planning into our preparation for the Paralympics as we did for the Olympic Games.”

Southern has used data provided by the Olympic Delivery Authority which provides postcode information from ticket sales to plan the service changes. Extra Southern staff and Southern volunteers will also be available to help at the busiest stations throughout the Games period.

During the Paralympics, non-folding bikes will be permitted on any Southern service except on trains travelling towards either London or Brighton which are due to arrive between 07:00 and 10:00 and trains leaving either London or Brighton between 16:00 and 19:00. ‘Brompton’-style folding bikes are however welcomed on Southern trains at any time.