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Upminster commuters take stand against train times


Upminster Commuters

Furious commuters have taken a stand against proposed train timetable changes that will see their journeys become longer but their chances of getting a seat slashed.

Operator c2c, which runs the service from Upminster to London Fenchurch Street, has published the reports of a public consultation, which garnered 2,239 responses.

A huge 88 per cent of those opposed the planned peak-time changes, with 71pc strongly opposing, because they would see more Upminster commuters standing on their way to work, and on top of that, longer journeys.

Campaign group Save Our Seats has been the driving force behind the opposition.

Member Mike Clarke, of Upminster, said: “The proposed timetable changes will mean no guaranteed seat on any train arriving at Upminster apart from the 8.53 am service.

“I pay £2,288 for a travelcard and like other Upminster commuters I currently have a decent chance of getting a seat, depending on the service.”

Under the current timetable 21 services stop at Upminster before 9am, with seats available on eight trains.

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