Southeastern has commemorated the role public transport played to make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games a success by naming one of Britain’s high speed Javelin® trains in honour of Dame Sarah Storey, 22-time Paralympic medallist.
The Javelins® – the UK’s first and only domestic high speed service, shuttled over 2.4 million spectators to and from the Olympic Park over the period and was integral to the success of the Games transport plan.
David Brown, Group Chief Executive of Go-Ahead, the owners of Southeastern said: “Dame Sarah Storey is a veteran of six Paralympic Games for both swimming and cycling. Britain cheered her on last year when she stormed home to add four more gold medals to her magnificent tally, making her one of the most successful Paralympians in history. I am delighted that staff at Southeastern have chosen her name to appear on the side of a Javelin train.”
Dame Sarah Storey said she was thrilled to have been selected by Southeastern as the first athlete following the Games to be named on the Javelin® train. It follows her receiving the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
"I feel incredibly honoured and am very proud to have been chosen to have my name on the side of a high speed Javelin train,” Dame Storey said.
“The London 2012 Games touched the nation and now for passengers to have a permanent reminder of the Games and the athletes they cheered on to gold, it is a superb way of keeping that spirit alive. A huge thank you to everyone involved in setting this up and I hope to be able to travel on my train many more times in the future," she added.
This year Southeastern is naming 12 Javelin® trains after the stars of ‘Team GB’. The athletes were selected following a vote of Southeastern’s 3,800 employees and include:
- Alistair Brownlee, Olympic gold medallist
- Ed Clancy, double Olympic gold medallist and bronze medallist
- Hannah Cockroft, double Paralympic gold medallist
- Jessica Ennis, Olympic gold medallist
- Mo Farah, double Olympic gold medallist
- Jason Kenny, three-time Olympic gold medallist
- Jonnie Peacock, Paralympic gold medallist
- Victoria Pendleton, double Olympic gold medallist and silver medallist
- Ellie Simmonds, four-time Paralympic gold medallist
- Dame Sarah Storey, 22-time Paralympic medallist
- Laura Trott, double Olympic gold medallist
- David Weir, 10-time Paralympic medallist
13 of the trains are already named after some of the UK’s most successful athletes, including Dame Kelly Holmes and Lord Sebastian Coe.
David Brown continued: “We’re proud of the part our employees and transport colleagues played during the Games to ensure athletes and their families, officials, the volunteers and of course spectators were able to get to their events.
“Since it was first announced that the Javelin® service would play a key role in the transport plan for the Games, we set to work to ensure we were ready for the world’s biggest event. We now want to honour the legacy and memory of the London 2012 Games and over the coming weeks we will be naming more of our Javelin® trains after our greatest Olympic and Paralympic heroes."
Notes to the editor:
- Southeastern’s Javelin® service shuttled over 2.4 million spectators from St Pancras International station in central London to the Olympic Park at Stratford in just seven minutes. The service attracted international praise throughout the Games for its speed, efficiency and high quality.
- On average over 90,000 passenger journeys a day were made on the Javelin® trains. The busiest day for the Javelin® was Day 10 (Monday 6 August 2012) when 131,000 journeys were made.
- Southeastern hired 1000 extra staff for the London 2012 Games to assist at the busiest stations.
- More than 2,700 disabled passengers were provided with assistance to board and alight from services. This is an average of 225 passengers a day, nearly seven times more than on a normal day.
- 13 Javelin trains are already named after the following athletes: Dame Kelly Holmes, Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Daley Thompson, Steve Backley, Sir Ben Ainslie, Rebecca Adlington, Jamie Staff, Duncan Goodhew, Katherine Grainger and Marc Woods.
- The next 12 Javelin trains will be named and rolled out in the coming weeks.