As the weather warms up, so the calendar fills up with big social and sporting events
One such match was at Twickenham on Sunday. To their credit South West Trains organised some additional train services between London Waterloo and Twickenham extra to the normal timetable. But, despite making an attempt to provide some additional capacity, a CfR member reported things did not go to plan.
"Five extra 8-
1 June 2016
Big Events by Rail
At least South West Trains made an effort. Each October, Birmingham hosts a half-
Of course, football fans get frustrated with Network Rail. The dates of the big fixtures such as the FA Cup and League Cup Finals are set months in advance, but how often do supporters find they can't get there, owing to "weekend engineering work" (which is also planned months in advance).
Big events are big opportunities for the railway. Get it right and hundreds of additional passengers can be attracted, bringing in extra revenue and goodwill plus the opportunity of repeat trips.