Following rumours that the opening of a new Beam Park c2c station between Rainham and Dagenham Dock had been pushed back due to funding issues, Jon Cruddas MP has now been informed that the promised delivery has been cancelled.
Last month Trenitalia (c2c) signed a new two-year contract with the Department for Transport. With an optional extension for up to two more years, it will then allow Trenitalia (c2c) to transition into the new industry structure announced by the Government earlier this year.
Jon Cruddas MP receives regular updates from c2c. The summer update includes:
Over the course of the last few months c2c have been in the process of adapting services to meet the needs of customers. Covid-19 has seen a significant drop in journeys. In October, the number of daily travellers had risen to a high of 42% of pre-Covid levels. By the end of November that figure had fallen back down to 30%.
A recent update sent to Jon Cruddas MP outlined the following measures:
This week Jon Cruddas MP received a detailed and extensive plan from c2c regarding normal timetables resuming at Rainham and Dagenham Dock stations.
C2c have stated that they will return to their full, standard weekday timetable from next Monday, 18th May 2020. This date was agreed with the Government in an industry plan jointly created with DfT over the past few weeks and is designed to provide the largest possible step-up in capacity at the earliest deliverable date that train operators are able to do this.
Last week c2c announced to customers the outline details of a significant engineering project near Rainham, which means c2c will only be able to run a restricted timetable for 16 days in late July and early August - including during the working week.
This is a TfL project, to construct the junction between the existing railway line and the new London Overground extension to Barking Riverside.
At the beginning of January 2019 Jon Cruddas MP met with bosses at C2C/Trenitalia. Communication between both the MP and the train company has always been fantastic, with many positive outcomes over the past few years.
Jon Cruddas has worked tirelessly to increase the C2C trainlines from the various problems they have had in the past. After an extensive consultation in early 2017, thousands of residents voiced their outrage at the poor service they were receiving from the C2C trainlines. Due to this, Jon met with C2C bosses to discuss the ongoing issues with their services through Rainham.
C2C will be operating a limited timetable only on Tuesday 27 February and advises all customers not to travel where possible. This is under instruction from Network Rail following advice regarding the expected severe weather conditions.
Grays - Rainham - London Fenchurch Street
Due to the predicted winter weather conditions, the following are planned to run:
Services will run from Pitsea to London Fenchurch Street (and vice versa)
Over the past few weeks, Jon Cruddas has received several emails from Rainham residents raising concerns about the recent closure of the mobility gate/ramp at Rainham C2C station.
Residents have expressed concerns that many passengers, including disabled passengers and parents with buggies will not be able to access Rainham Station for the next month, whilst a new ramp is installed. Staff at Rainham station have been approached about the issue by residents, in which the staff have informed commuters to simply make other arrangements and avoid Rainham C2C station.
On Monday 23rd October Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with C2C bosses to discuss the ongoing issues with their service through Rainham. After an extensive consultation earlier in the year, thousands of residents voiced their outrage at the poor service they were receiving from the train operator.