Published 18th June 2013
The highly popular summer ‘Ladies Day’ at the Ascot Racecourse takes place on June 20 this year and tens of thousands of people will be travelling to the event. The best way to avoid traffic jams and parking chaos is to take the train as this year, special services are operating.
The luxury ‘Northern Belle’ Pullman train runs from Manchester, Crewe and Birmingham for ‘Ladies Day’ and have also helpfully offered a ‘dress code’ for the day!
Passengers are advised to take particular note of the following instructions:
A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted.
Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted).
Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.
Midriffs must be covered.
Shorts are not permitted.
Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.
South West Trains (SWT) will be running a special non-stop ‘Ascot Express’ service from Waterloo to Ascot Racecourse to make it easier for passengers to get to the races during the Royal Meeting.
The ‘Ascot Express’ has been chartered by the racecourse will leave Waterloo every morning at 09.12 during the event which runs between June 18 and 22 inclusive.
If this is not convenient, then SWT is running extra services providing extra staff at Ascot station to help things run smoothly. They will be directing visitors to the racecourse, a short walk from the railway station to help them to enjoy hopefully a memorable day out.
During Royal Ascot, Ascot station will be served by four trains per hour Tuesday to Friday and six trains per hour on Saturday in both directions. Journey time is around 52 minutes each way. There is also a half hourly train service from Reading also run by SWT.
Jake Kelly, Customer Service Director the South West Trains – Network Rail Alliance said:
“We are pleased to be providing a dedicated morning service for racegoers, on behalf of Ascot Racecourse. The “Ascot Express” charter train will provide a new travel option to help people get to the racecourse in time for all the action. We will also run a strengthened South West Trains service with four trains an hour Tuesday to Friday and six trains per hour on Saturday during Royal Ascot week.
“Each year, Ascot station welcomes thousands of extra passengers during Royal Ascot. We will deploy four times our usual level of staffing at the station during the week to assist our passengers and help make it an enjoyable day out for all.”
Charles Barnett, Chief Executive at Ascot added:
“Customer service is paramount at Ascot and we are delighted that we can offer our visitors an opportunity to beat the crowds and enjoy a relaxing start to their Royal Ascot experience.”
Special tickets for the charter service are available from £28 via ticket service telephone number 0844 346 3000.