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Rail bosses enable mourners trapped in London in a single day to sleep in empty trains


Rail bosses will enable mourners trapped in London in a single day to sleep in empty trains parked up at stations in the event that they miss the final service residence

  • Vacant trains being saved at variety of stations particularly for helpless mourners
  • Estimated 350,000 folks may make journey to London to go to the Queen’s coffin 
  • Community Rail has refused to disclose the placement of the empty ‘welfare’ trains
  • Comes as operators working to introduce extra companies to deal with demand
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

Mourners left stranded in a single day after visiting the Queen‘s coffin have been sleeping in empty ‘welfare’ trains in central London after lacking the final service residence.

The vacant carriages are being saved at various stations particularly for helpless well-wishers following visits to the Palace of Westminster, the place the monarch is mendacity in state till the morning of her funeral on Monday.

It’s estimated the variety of folks set to make the journey may hit greater than 350,000, with the queue reaching 5 miles in a single day as mourners waited as much as 9 hours to pay their respects.

However sources at Network Rail instructed The Times that the empty trains shouldn’t be relied upon, whereas additionally refusing to disclose the placement of the vacant companies.

It’s understood that  Charing Cross, Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Avenue, Paddington and Victoria have been being utilized by some passengers ready for the primary morning service. 

The final companies on a number of traces have been leaving central London at about 1am, in contrast with midnight usually.

A message by Community Rail at London Waterloo station is displayed in tribute to the Queen final week 

People queuing near Tower Bridge to get into Westminster Hall to pay their final respects to the Queen

Folks queuing close to Tower Bridge to get into Westminster Corridor to pay their ultimate respects to the Queen

Operators have additionally been engaged on introducing extra companies to assist deal with elevated demand within the run-up to the state funeral – with capability boosted by 50 per cent on some traces

Southeastern is one community planning to run 24-hour companies this week. Most traces usually cease working shortly after midnight and don’t re-start till 5am to five.30am.

These in a single day companies are one-way taking passengers out of London to the house counties.

Mourners travelling to the capital  by practice are being urged to remain for lunch to keep away from overcrowding.

There are fears {that a} ‘New 12 months’s Eve-type mass exodus’ after the funeral cortege leaves Westminster on Monday will trigger extreme congestion at Tube and mainline stations, a rail business supply stated.

Folks visiting town on Monday to pay their respects to the Queen ought to ‘take a picnic, spend time in London, elevate a glass to Her Majesty and preserve reviewing dwell journey info’, the supply added.

A full weekday timetable will function, with about 250 extra companies, together with some in a single day trains.

Transport for London (TfL) stated that the majority Tube traces will stay open for an extra hour on the night time after the funeral, to make sure folks can ‘journey across the capital safely’.

The final companies on a number of traces will go away central London at about 1am, in contrast with midnight usually.

The rail business is assured there might be sufficient capability to deal with the variety of passengers, significantly as there might be few commuters as a result of Monday being a financial institution vacation.

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