London 2012 spectators going to the Olympic Park from Kent and the South East on the Javelin service rather than mainline services are being urged to book train tickets now – or risk queuing for significantly longer for a ticket on the day.
Bespoke Games-time train tickets for spectators, which have been available more than a year ahead of the Games, will rise to £10 for a return journey sold from Ebbsfleet International to Stratford International on the day. However, if booked now, the journey costs £7.20 – representing a saving of around £10 for a family of four.
A Southeastern spokesman said: “Southeastern will operate the Javelin® service for the duration of the Games with the first service from Friday 27 July. The shuttle service will provide 8 trains an hour, between Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St Pancras International, transporting up to 25,000 people an hour to the Olympic Park.
“Lots of work has been done to ensure the transport system operates effectively during the Games, however, even with this work, there are certain times and locations where it will be exceptionally busy so passengers can expect to queue.
“All Olympic spectators from Kent should check with the London 2012 Spectator Journey Planner to find out the best way to get to their Olympic venue - in some cases our mainline services into central London may be a better choice.”
Regular Southeastern passengers are advised to visit GetAheadoftheGames.com for transport advice during the Games – services will be busier than usual, so passengers are advised to consider re-timing their usual travel plans.