Overnight road closures M23, M25

If you’re travelling overnight to Gatwick this week, please be aware of overnight road closures affecting the M23 and M25.

The westbound Gatwick Spur Road (Junctions 8-10a) will be closed overnight for the next four nights between the hours of 10pm and 6am. A signed diversion will be in place.

There will also be overnight closures on the M25.

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Gatwick is busiest station in South East

Gatwick Airport station is the busiest in the South East according to the Office of Rail and Road which has just release estimates of station entries and exits for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

Surprise, surprise, Gatwick Airport station is busier than Brighton station, just pipping the South Coast station by 700,000 passengers.

While it will come as no surprise that London has the busiest stations in the UK – Waterloo handled the most passengers in 2015-16 – excluding London stations, Gatwick is the sixth busiest train station in the UK, behind Glasgow Central, Birmingham New Street, Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly, and Edinburgh.

Gatwick rail passengers face severe disruption this Christmas

If you’re planning to travel to Gatwick by train over the Christmas period do be aware you could face severe disruption due to industrial action planned by union members.

In addition to a current overtime ban by members of the ASLEF train drivers union, there will be strikes on the following days affecting Southern and Gatwick Express services:

  • Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December – RMT conductors’ strike
  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December – ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike
  • Friday 16 December – ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike
  • Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December – RMT conductors’ strike (previously planned for 22-24 December)
  • Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January – RMT conductors’ strike
  • Monday 9 to Saturday 14 January – ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike

Southern expects there will be no services operating on drivers’ strike days.

Although other operators’ services will not be affected, trains on these services are expected to be much busier.

The latest information can be found here: http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/travel-advice-for-aslef-overtime-ban/

Disruption on London to Gatwick rail services 20 November

If you plan to travel between Gatwick and London on Sunday 20 November, please be aware that, due to engineering works, most rail lines between London Victoria and Clapham Junction will be closed.

As a result, there will be no Gatwick Express trains and no services to the airport from London Victoria Station.

A replacement bus service will operate between Victoria and Clapham Junction, although travellers are advised to use London Bridge to Gatwick Airport services.

More information: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture.aspx

Gatwick taxis go green

Gatwick Airport’s official taxi company is going green.

Airport Cars Gatwick, which has been operating at the airport for more than five years, plans to replace all its taxis with electric or hybrid alternatives by 2020 – a first for any UK airport. The move is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 75%.

The company, which currently has 250 cars, will begin trialing electric and hybrid vehicles over the next few months before beginning the replacement of its current cars.

Southern rail strike to affect trains to Gatwick

A five-day strike by the RMT Union will affect Southern Rail services from today, 8 August until Friday 12 August.

At least 40% of this week’s Southern services have been cancelled

Although Gatwick Express and Thameslink train services are expected to operate as normal – with an amended timetable – anyone travelling to Gatwick is advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey.

Gatwick Express named UK’s most delayed train service

Gatwick Express has just been awarded the unfortunate title of the most delayed train service in the UK, Travel Weekly reports.

In the past six months 8,100 services were late, 33.9% of trains were at least five minutes late, while 11% of services (2,659 trains) were either 30 minutes late or cancelled.

Unfortunately, for commuters and Gatwick travellers alike, things don’t get better on the so-called ‘slower’ services: the second-worst rail service is the London to Brighton one. Operated by Southern, this service saw 34,352 trains (32.8%) run five minutes late in the six months from January.

Direct link between Canterbury and Gatwick axed

A direct coach link between Canterbury and Gatwick is set to end this week, just eight months after it began.

National Express’ round-the-clock service – the only direct public transport link from Canterbury – was launched in December last year but will end on Sunday, 17 July, due to lack of use.

easyJet 30-minute deadline imposed at Gatwick

Watch out if you’re an EasyJet customer flying from Gatwick.

The airline is imposing a strict time limit for passengers arriving at their gate to ensure that flights depart on time.

All passengers must be at the gate no later than 30 minutes prior to departure, otherwise they will be forced to abandon their flight plans or pay £80 to be booked on an alternative flight.

British Airways currently operates a similar policy at Heathrow’s T3 and T5.

How to get to Gatwick – new videos published

Often it’s the simple things that are overlooked when booking a holiday.

We’re so excited about our holiday that we focus on what we need for it, such as new clothes, passport, foreign currency, and yet, we forget about the simple things like getting directions to the airport.

One Gatwick parking company has addressed this issue and released a series of videos that include how to get to the airport.

Help Me Park, a Gatwick Approved Operators for meet and greet parking, recently uploaded a series of videos covering all aspects of its service, from the security of its car parks, how meet and greet parking works and also two videos that explain how to get to Gatwick’s North and South terminals.

At less than two minutes long, each video clearly shows the approach to Gatwick from the M23, along the Gatwick spur road, and then from the roundabouts to it’s Gatwick North Terminal pick-up and return spot, and also its South Terminal collection and return zone.

Don’t forget, only Gatwick Approved Operators are permitted to collect and return vehicles on the terminal forecourts. All other non-approved operators must meet and greet in the airport’s car parks.

All Help Me Park’s videos can be viewed on its website or via Help Me Park’s YouTube channel.

You can also find the videos here:

Take a look!