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08.08.12

Station facelift for Olympic event

Leigh-on-Sea station was upgraded ahead of the Olympic Games in preparation for a  mountain bike event taking place at Hadleigh Farm this weekend. 

The £300,000 improvements were funded by c2c and Network Rail. Work included repainting the station, replacing over 100 panes of glass, the installation of special Olympic direction signs and flags, and new flower displays. 

A new mural has been installed in the station to promote the town to visitors. 

c2c head of retail Hugh Jennings said: “This weekend the eyes of the world will be on the mountain bike event at Hadleigh Farm, and we want to make sure that visitors get a great impression of Leigh on their arrival. 

“This isn’t just a one-off for the weekend – our regular passengers will also benefit from these improvements for months to come.” 

This weekend c2c is operating a total of 285,000 seats, more than double the normal number, to ensure there is sufficient capacity for both Games visitors and other leisure travellers. 

Shuttle trains will run between London and Leigh-on-Sea, all other trains will be doubled in length to eight carriages, and extra late night services will be running to help people get home from the Olympic Park. 

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