Will c2c continue to grow?

As a change of Managing Director beckons, THEO STEEL assesses developments with the Essex Thameside franchise

The retirement of Julian Drury, MD of c2c from 2008, is an appropriate moment to review the performance of the London, Tilbury and Southend route during his tenure. It is important to look at more than just passenger data as there are significant freight flows from North Thameside which give a core of over 20 freight workings on and off the route at Barking on weekdays, with some trains scheduled on Saturdays.

I first met Mr Drury in 1986 when he was working at HQ on improving Network SouthEast standards, in particular carriage cleaning, where Anglia was a problem. It was good training for both of us and indicated how even then Mr Drury stood for high standards – although achieving them with ageing Mk 1 stock was a challenge. He has spent most of his career since managing London commuter services at various levels, half of it working for National Express – a significant record!

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