With 40 days to go until the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, we are launching our ‘Community Rail Coronation Connections’.

The benefits of taking the train rather than driving a car to locations in the South East with Royal connections are being promoted to coincide with the Coronation.

Our team has  selected various places on their railway lines which have links to the British Royal family and its rich history. They have calculated how much less a train journey emits in greenhouse gases compared with taking the same trip by car.

The average emission levels are 70% lower by using the train rather than driving, according to our analysis.

We are using the figures to encourage anyone coming to London for the Coronation to explore the venues on our nine Community Rail lines and discover the wider area by train.

We will be posting regularly on our social media channels in the run-up to the Coronation on 6 May. The posts will detail the individual savings in greenhouse gas emissions from train versus car journeys from London to 12 venues on our lines with Royal connections.

Tim Barkley, chair of Southeast Communities Rail Partnership Community Interest Company, said: “The King has a long-standing interest in the environment and the Coronation is the perfect opportunity to promote the green credentials of travelling by train.

“We hope people use the Coronation as a chance to discover the Royal history in our area and it’s so much better for the environment to discover our Community Rail lines by train rather than driving. We believe our ‘Community Rail Coronation Connections’ will show the benefits of train travel.”

The full list of 12 locations is:

:: Anne of Cleves House on the Sussex Downs Line

:: Arundel Castle on the Arun Valley Line

:: Battle Abbey on the 1066 Line

:: Bognor Regis on the Arun Valley Line

:: Guildford Castle on the North Downs Line

:: Hastings Museum on the Marshlink Line

:: Hever Castle on the Uckfield and East Grinstead – Oxted Line

:: Penshurst Place on the Tonbridge – Reigate Line

:: Reading Abbey on the Windsor – Reading Line

:: Royal Pavilion Brighton on the Sussex Downs Line

:: Royal Tunbridge Wells on the 1066 Line

:: Worthing on the Sussex Coast Line

The average emissions from a train journey from central London to these locations is calculated at 2.68kg of carbon dioxide equivalent while a trip by car emits on average 9.07kg of CO2e. This means taking the train instead of driving creates 70% less in greenhouse gas emissions.

Social media posts will appear between now and the Coronation on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Check with venues for opening times and directions from railway stations.

Graphic showing 70% average environmental saving from taking the train rather than car to Royal destinations in South East England