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Five million passengers jump on board for the Paralympics

The Olympic Javelin pulls into Stratford Credit: Press Association

Nearly five million passenger journeys were made on Southeastern services during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Charles Horton, managing director said: “We carried around 100,000 extra passengers every day during the Paralympic Games, including around a million journeys on our Javelin service.

4.9 million journeys were made on Southeastern services, including 1 million journeys on the Javelin service in the two week period of the Games.

The busiest day for the Javelin service was on Saturday 8 September with around 95,000 journeys, 30,000 of these journeys were made before 10am.

Extra train services were added to the Paralympic timetable to cater for the increased demand and late night Javelin trains were placed on standby to help transport spectators home from late running events at the Olympic Park.

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Our Greatest Team take to the streets of London

Gold medallist Ben Ainslie is expected to take part in the parade Credit: PA

Stars from London 2012 will travel from Mansion House to the Mall later today in a convoy of 21 open top floats.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out to cheer on the Olympic champions. They'll include all our gold medallists. Among them, sailor Ben Ainslie from Lymington; cyclist Dani King from Hamble and horse rider Tina Cook from Worthing.

Gold medal match: British champion in Boccia final

David Smith in action Credit: PA

Hampshire's David Smith is battling it out in the gold medal match of the Boccia.

David, who's 23 and from Easteigh is playing Thailand's Pattaya Tadtong.

David learnt how to play Boccia at Treloars College in Hampshire.

Aged 14, he became the youngest ever player to secure the title of British Champion and he was crowned World Champion at the age of 18.

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Sophie's success celebrated with golden stamp

Sophie Christiansen's golden stamp Credit: Royal Mail

Maidenhead rider Sophie Christiansen can expect a warm welcome when she returns home from the Paralympics.

Royal Mail has unveiled a special gold stamp for the rider after she won gold in the individual dressage Grade 1a event.

The company will paint one of their post boxes in Maidenhead gold in her honor although they have not yet revealed which one it will be.

The 24-year-olds performance also helped to secure the team gold for Paralympics GB.

Rowing Lily's gold postbox

A gold postbox for Lily van den Broecke Credit: ITV Meridian

A postbox has been painted gold in Oxford to celebrate Lily van den Broecke’s win in the Paralympic Rowing. She triumphed in the Mixed Coxed Four final yesterday and the postbox has been painted in Divinity Road to recognise her achievement.

Lily van den Broecke (left) and Pamela Relph after their victory in the LTA4+ Mixed Coxed Four race at Eton Dorney, Berkshire. Credit: PA

Brand Hatch closures

Drivers are being advised to avoid the roads around Brand Hatch racing circuit in Kent as closures come into affect due to the Paralympics. Athletes start using the venue for training from today, which is why the closures have come into affect two days before the start of competition.

  • A20 at Gorse Hill: from south of Eglantine Road to south of Brands Hatch entrance will be closed except for access.

  • Scratchers Lane, Fawkham: from its junction with A20 London Road throughout its entire length to its junction with Fawkham Road will be closed with restricted access.

  • Part of Fawkham Road, West Kingsdown: between Scratchers Lane and a rear entrance to Brands Hatch will be closed with restricted access.

Passengers warned about busy train services

Passengers are being warned that services will be busier this week with the end of summer holidays coinciding with the Paralympic Games.

High speed services will be most affected with the Javelin® service conveying Paralympic spectators to the Olympic Park

Metro and mainline services will also be busier than usual with spectators travelling to Paralympic venues and live sites in and around London.

A Southeastern spokesman said: “With many schools and commuters returning from summer holidays our services will be much busier than normal.

We’re running extra trains and longer trains where we can, but at the busiest times there may be occasions when customers may need to queue before boarding a train.

We advise passengers to adjust journeys wherever possible to avoid the busiest periods and allow extra time to travel.”

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