Passengers make 7.5m journeys on Southern trains during Olympics

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A STAGGERING 7.5m plus journeys were made by passengers on the Southern network during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

To meet the anticipated demand Southern put on more than 120 extra trains and added carriages to key services to provide more than 360,000 extra seats for the Games.

Around 150 additional employees were deployed at key stations to help spectators get to and from Olympic venues, and to advise regular passengers on how to get to their destinations as quickly and as comfortably as possible by avoiding travel hotspots.

Southern’s managing director Chris Burchell said: “With detailed preparation and a huge team effort, we provided our passengers with an excellent service throughout the Games period.

“I’d like to thank our regular passengers who heeded advice and travelled on different routes to avoid hotspots. This helped tremendously.”

The road cycle race at Boxhill saw thousands of people descend on Boxhill and Westhumble station to watch Team GB compete around the circuit.

Over the weekend of July 28 and 29, Southern provided 42 additional trains, equating to over 13,000 additional seats.

Next up is the Paralympic Games between August 29 and September 9.

Mr Burchell added: “With Paralympic Games tickets expected to sell-out, the Paralympics will also be a significant challenge for us– a challenge that we are prepared for and we look forward to giving our passengers the best possible service we can.”