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11 July 2016

NEW SOUTHEND DISCOUNT SCHEME LAUNCHED TO ATTRACT MORE TOURISTS BY TRAIN

National Express train operator c2c and more than 30 local businesses in the Southend Tourism Partnership have teamed up to offer special discounts to tourists who visit Southend by train.

The Southend Days Out Deals scheme provides discounts and special offers on leisure attractions, museums and galleries, restaurants and accommodation when visitors show their rail ticket. 20,000 leaflets promoting the scheme are on display at c2c stations across east London and south Essex to encourage more people to head for Southend.

The scheme offers attractions to rival the similar existing 2for1 scheme for rail passengers who visit London. As well as providing an extra incentive to visit Southend, it is expected to encourage more tourists to travel by train and so help relieve traffic on local roads.

Representatives from the Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend Adventure Island, Tomassi’s Restaurant and others joined Cllr Ann Holland, James Duddridge MP and c2c staff at Southend Central station to launch the scheme.

Clare McCaffrey, c2c Commercial Director said: “We’re really proud to start offering these eye-catching offers to promote Southend. We know how popular the similar scheme in London has been, so now Southend can rival those offers and attract more tourists.

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, said: “Well done to c2c and all the businesses involved for working together to put forward such a great offer. It’s great to encourage more people to come to Southend because they will have a wonderful and special time – and we know they’ll then come back for more.”

Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge, who helped launch the scheme, said: “This scheme really showcases the breadth of Southend and its fantastic to see so many wonderful local offers that visitors can come and enjoy.”

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-          For more information please contact Chris Atkinson on 020 7444 1868 or at chris.atkinson@c2crail.net

-          About c2c: c2c is the award-winning train operator running services between Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness, serving 26 stations in East London and South Essex. c2c is delivering the best performance in the UK rail industry, holding the UK records for annual punctuality (97.5%) and 4-weekly punctuality (98.8%) by a franchised train operator. c2c was named Passenger Operator of the Year at the 2015 National Rail Awards, and as London’s best commuter operator in Which?magazine’s latest survey of rail companies.

-          About National Express: National Express is a leading international public transport operator, with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East. More than 867m journeys a year are made worldwide on our services. Our 44,000 employees are committed to improving the quality of life for all through travel.