East London and South Essex train operator c2c is asking local residents not to make leisure journeys by train.

Social distancing rules drastically reduce the amount of capacity available, despite c2c returning to its full timetable this week. The Prime Minister’s instruction to avoid using public transport if at all possible remains in place.

c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “Even though we’re running our full timetable, social distancing means that capacity on our trains remains extremely limited. Our staff are working hard to provide a service for people making essential journeys to work, including weekend workers. We cannot be more clear: please do not use c2c for leisure journeys at this time.”

For those people making essential journeys for work, we have extensive guidance on our Coronavirus travel information page. Our message to those customers is: Travel Safe. Travel Smart. Keep Apart.