Olympic travel 'chaos' expected

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Extra train services for Olympic footie fans

Extra trains will be laid on to get Olympic travellers home tonight Credit: PA

With around seventy thousand people expected at Cardiff tonight to see the Team GB football match First Great Western has announced extra services to get fans back to Swindon, Reading and London

The company say it is putting two extra services on after the match from Cardiff Central at 22:55 and 23:10, as well as 3,000 extra seats on its regular services with extra carriages being used to make trains longer.

Taxi! It's a great time to catch a cab

Waterloo's taxi rank looking emptier than usual Credit: Robin Britton

There was more evidence today that regular road and rail users are not travelling during the Olympics.

This was the scene at the usually busy taxi rank at Waterloo used by passengers from Dorset, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.

One Berkshire commuter who drove into London today said it was the "best trip ever."

Roads are very light with traffic as most appear to have headed the advice.

Traders in Olympic towns like Windsor and Weymouth have been reporting a drop in trade.


Olympic delays continue but passengers are cool

Stagecoach staff give out thousands of ice creams at Waterloo station Credit: Robin Britton

Half a million people going to the Olympics from the south today made it on time despite disruption at Cannon Street and London Bridge.

Some services were delayed and cancelled on Southeastern and Southern trains because of a points failure.

The Javelin trans to Stratford from Ebbsfleet and St Pancrass have again been holding up well and Chiltern and First Great Western in the Thames Valley are on time.

Southeastern spokeswoman Sarah Boundy said "there have been some delays but people got there on time. The next big test will be on Friday when the first athletics events take place and we have an extra 60,000 people heading to Stratford"

Passengers are warned minor delays will continue all day.

Official figures show 94 per cent of services in the region are so far on time today. That is slightly better than on an average day.

Greeters gather for Games day

Games Time Kent Greeters in training. Credit: Delphine Houlton

A 200-strong army of volunteers are gearing up to meet Olympic visitors in Kent on Friday - expected to be the busiest day for Olympic travel so far.

The "Greeters" are posted at key transport hubs including Dover, Ebbsfleet, and Ashford International station, as well as major visitor accommodation areas such as the University of Kent and Gravesham campsite.

On Friday, more than 7,300 spectators are expected to be coming into the county from mainland Europe via Eurotunnel and Dover ferry services alone from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

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Second day of Olympic travel 'chaos'

Passengers disembark a train at an underground station in central London during the Games. Credit: PA

People going to the Olympics from Sussex, Kent and Surrey face a second day of chaos.

Meridian can reveal Network Rail has failed to solve a major points problem near London Bridge and willnot do so until overnight tonight.

It means fewer services can operate into Cannon Street with some trains cancelled. Extra pressure is also being put on London Bridge services. Passengers are being told to expect to queue but services will operate to all destinations.

Engineers failed to solve the points problem during work overnight. They will attempt to carry out more repairs tonight but until then disruption will continue.

A Southeastern spokesperson said: "We are sorry for the disruption but the points problem between London Bridge and Cannon Street is not resolved.

"Luckily today is one of the quieter days at the Olympics so disruption should not be too bad."


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