c2c

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c2c
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Info
Franchise(s): Essex Thameside
Main Route(s): Fenchurch Street
to Shoeburyness via Basildon
Other Route(s): to Grays via Rainham
to Pitsea via Ockendon
Fleet size: 74 Class 357 Electrostar sets
Stations called at: 28
Stations operated: 25
Passenger km 2007/8: 916.8 million
Route km operated: 128.7
National Rail abbreviation: CC
Parent company: National Express Group
Web site: www.c2c-online.co.uk
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Route map

c2c[1] is a British train operating company that is part of the National Express Group. It provides passenger rail services on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line from Fenchurch Street railway station in the City of London to east London and the whole length of the northern Thames Gateway area of southern Essex including Basildon, Chafford Hundred (for Lakeside Shopping Centre), Tilbury and Southend-on-Sea. This route was called the Thameside franchise, and was renamed the Essex Thameside franchise in 2009. The main route from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Basildon is 39.5mph and the fastest timetabled journey time from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness is 58mph giving an average speed of 40.7mph, although the route can be done in 47mph, giving an average speed of 50mph.[1] The line currently has a maximum speed limit of 75 mph (121 km/h), although the Class 357 Electrostar electric multiple unit trains which run on it are capable of a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h). Before July 2002, it traded under the name LTS Rail. The current director is Julian Drury.

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Shoeburyness
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Thorpe Bay
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Southend East
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Southend Central
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Westcliff
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Chalkwell
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Leigh-on-Sea
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Pitsea
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Basildon
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Laindon
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West Horndon
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Grays
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Rainham
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The normal off-peak service are of eight trains per hour (tph) coming and leaving Fenchurch Street:

  • 4 tph to Shoeburyness going past Basildon
    • of which 2 tph do not stop at Limehouse, West Horndon or Pitsea
  • 2 tph to Grays via Rainham
  • 2 tph to Southend Central via Ockendon

On Sundays, the non-stopping service does not run and the Grays via Rainham service is reduced to a 1 tph shuttle from Barking.

As c2c is mainly a London commuter railway and the normal c2c journey is between 40 to 70 minutes, c2c does not have first-class seating: all of its Class 357 trains are fitted with standard high-density 3+2 Chapman seating to meet demand at peak times when the line is very busy.

The London Underground District Line also serves Upminster station, Barking station, West Ham station and Tower Hill (for Fenchurch Street). Tickets are fully interchangeable between the two operators. The District Line runs alongside the c2c tracks from Bow to Upminster, with c2c services providing the fast service and the District Line providing the stopping service. Cross-platform interchange is provided at Barking between the two.

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Media related to C2c at Wikimedia Commons


Preceded by
Network SouthEast
As part of British Rail
Operator of Essex Thameside franchise
1996–2029
Incumbent