Newest Review: ... air conditioning, CCTV, passenger information screens and comfortable seats. Stations have been repainted and modernised. Reliabity ha... more
C2C a pleasure to travel with
Member Name: whistle_blower
Advantages: Modern / Clean trains
Disadvantages: Some times overcrowded in the AM and PM rush hours
Ten years ago this line was called the misery line, and rightly so. 50yr old trains, late trains, diry stations. But since 2001 the line has been transformed with over 60 brand new Electrostar trains, fitted air conditioning, CCTV, passenger information screens and comfortable seats. Stations have been repainted and modernised. Reliabity has increased to around 90% of trains running ontime or within 5 minutes of their booked arrival time. There are still some problems mainly round overcrowding, as there is a maximum length the trains can run to, as some platforms arent long enough. But with the 2012 Olmiypics main stations are being lenghtened and modernised to cope with the increased demand the games will bring. There are plans to add extra trains in the next 12 months.
If you are travelling from Southend or Shoeberryness c2c is the easy/cheap and reliable way of getting from the country into the heart for the City of London. C2C's London Terminal is Fenchurch Street a stone throw from the Tower of London and Tower Hill Tube station, which has access to the Circle line. And most of Londons main sights.
Summary: If you avoid the rush a pleasure to travel with