East Midlands Trains is providing an extra 4,000 seats on its services this weekend and next weekend for the Olympic Games.
The train operator, which runs services to and from Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough train stations, says it will run more seats and extra services for spectators travelling to London.
It will be providing an additional 1,000 seats over and above its normal weekend service on each day on Saturday, August 4, Sunday, August 5, Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12.
People who have pre-booked Games train tickets will be able to travel on one of these alternative train services on the same day.
David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “This is a very exciting time for the country and we are committed to doing everything we can to make sure people can enjoy all the excitement of the Games.
“We already had plans in place to deliver over 60,000 additional seats throughout the Games by providing longer and later trains for passengers returning home from London. However, we’ve now gone one step further and are pleased to announce we will be providing even more seats for passengers travelling over the coming weekends.”
To get passengers into the spirit of the Games, East Midlands Trains has been handing out free ice-creams at St Pancras, and keeping passengers informed with a regular flow of information through social media.
Mr Horne said: “We’ve had some fantastic feedback about the ice-creams we’ve been handing out every day at St Pancras. We’ve already given out 50,000 and we’ve got plenty more to keep people going through the Games.
“All of our head office staff are out and about providing extra assistance to passengers as they travel to the Games.
“On top of our normal customer communication, we’re also sending out a steady flow of messages around the clock through social media channels to keep passengers on the move informed about the latest travel information and some of the GB team’s great successes so far.”
Three additional services will depart from Kettering for St Pancras at 08.04, 08.35 and 11.00, and one additional service will return from St Pancras at 13.45.
There will also be three additional services departingn from Wellingborough for St Pancras at 08.11, 08.43 and 11.09, and one additional service will return from St Pancras at 14.33.
Following news that the planned ASLEF drivers strikes have been called off, East Midlands Trains will be running its full service throughout the rest of the Games.
Saturday 4 and 11 August
The following services will operate with more carriages to help provide additional capacity:
0708 Lincoln to London
0702 Derby to London
0818 Derby to London
0925 London to Sheffield
1025 London to Sheffield
1030 London to Nottingham
Extra train services will run as follows:
Sunday 5 and 12 August
0714 Derby to London
0745 Derby to London
1345 London to Derby
East Midlands Trains will continue to run its five late night services throughout the Games and details can be found at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk