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Southeastern warns Ebbsfleet International passengers to expect busier trains ahead of IAAF World Championships in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 16:57 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:57 04 July 2017

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Extra services will be running during the athletics events over the coming weeks

Passengers who regularly use Ebbsfleet International station are being warned to expect busier trains over the coming weeks with thousands set to flock to the capital for big athletics championships.

Ebbsfleet, which along with Ashford International is on the high speed route, is likely to see a significant rise in passenger numbers during July and August with people travelling to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford International for the World Para Athletics and IAAF World Championships.

Southeastern says it is running more trains during this time to get people home after the events but are warning passengers to allow extra time to travel as peak services in the morning and evening are already busy.

Rail chiefs say high speed stations may have queuing systems in place to ensure maximum safety and are reminding passengers to keep personal belongings with them at all times, keep valuables in inner pockets and ensure any bags have all zips and fasteners closed.

They also recommend carrying water as the days get warmer and advise booking assisted travel in advance by calling 0800 7834524 or filling in the form on Southeastern’s Assisted Travel page.

“We’ll have members of staff dedicated to help with assisted travel at St Pancras International and Stratford International throughout these events, but a little notice helps us manage during busy periods,” a spokesperson said.

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