Half-hourly Gatwick Express service on Sunday, 8 May

A half-hourly Gatwick Express service will operate between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport this Sunday, 8 May, due to engineering work taking place between Balham and Selhurst.

Train times as follows:

  • Trains will depart London Victoria at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour.
  • Trains will depart Gatwick Airport at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

Please be aware that timings may vary during the early morning and late night periods.

Disruption to train services to Gatwick this Bank Holiday weekend

Watch out for more disruption to the trains between London and Gatwick Airport this coming bank holiday weekend.

Continuing engineering works between Clapham Junction and Selhurst will mean some lines are closed.

There will be no Gatwick Express services from Saturday 30 April until 4am on Tuesday 3 May.

The line closures will also have a major affect on other trains operating between London Victoria and Gatwick – some services will involve bus journeys, others will involve taking the tube to Blackfriars.

Journeys are expected to take between 68 minutes and 77 minutes, so, if you plan to travel by train, please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Southern Train conductors set to strike tomorrow, 26 April

Travelling by train to Gatwick tomorrow? Then be aware that members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will stage a 24-hour strike from 11am, 26 April.

This is the first of three one-day strikes called in response to Govia Thameslink Railway’s decision to introduce Driver Only Operation (DOO) on all Southern trains, which the union says threatens jobs, conditions and public safety.

Although the strike will affect Southern train services, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services are expected to be extremely busy and may not stop at all normal destinations.

Two other 24-hour strikes are planned for the same time on 10 and 12 May.

For the latest, up-to-date information on the strike action visit the Southern Trains website.

Half-hourly Gatwick Express services Sunday 17 April

The continued rail engineering work between London Victoria and Balham means that some rail lines will be closed this Sunday, 17 April.

Gatwick Express services will be replaced by a bus service until 06:20.

From 06:20, a half-hourly Gatwick Express service will operate at the following times:

  • Trains will depart London Victoria Station at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour
  • Trains will depart Gatwick Airport at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

More Gatwick Express disruption this weekend, 9 & 10 April

Some rail lines between London and Gatwick Airport will be closed this weekend due to engineering works.

As a result, there will be a half-hourly Gatwick Express service in operation on Saturday 9 April with trains departing at the following times:

  • London to Gatwick trains will depart Victoria Station at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour
  • Gatwick to London trains will depart Gatwick Station at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour.

On Sunday, buses will replace trains between the hours of 00:30 and 06:20.

From 06:20, Gatwick Express trains will depart at the following times:

  • London Victoria to Gatwick trains will depart at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour
  • Gatwick to London Victoria trains will depart at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

Disruption to Gatwick rail services this Sunday, 3 April

One day the engineering works between London and Gatwick will be completed. In the meantime, there’s more disruption to rail services to Gatwick this Sunday, 3 April.

There will be no Gatwick Express services between the hours of 01:10 on Sunday 3 April and 04:00 on Monday 4 April.

Also, due to the lines being closed between London Victoria and Balham, there will be no direct rail services between London Victoria and Gatwick during this time. Passengers are advised to travel from London Bridge.

No Gatwick Express this Easter

A reminder to regular readers that there will be no Gatwick Express trains this Easter bank holiday weekend – from Friday 25 to Monday 28 March – due to engineering works.

These works also mean there are no trains between London Victoria Station and Clapham Junction.

Passengers travelling to Gatwick by train from London are advised to go via London Bridge.

Gatwick Express disruption 19-21 March

There will be disruption to Gatwick Express services this weekend, 19 – 21 March due to engineering works.

An amended service will operate half-hourly from 01:20 Saturday 19 March until 04:00 Monday 21 March.

Saturday 19 March

Gatwick Express trains will depart at the following times:

  • Victoria to Gatwick trains will depart at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour
  • Gatwick to London trains will depart at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour.

Sunday 20 March

Between the hours of 00:30 and 06:20 replacement bus services will operate.

After 06:20, trains will depart at

  • Victoria to Gatwick trains will depart at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour
  • Gatwick to Victoria trains will depart at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

Oyster Card use soars at Gatwick

Oyster card

Oyster and contactless payments have been a welcome addition to Gatwick travel if passenger numbers are anything to go by.

More than 180,000 passengers have already taken the option to pay for their rail travel by Oyster or contactless payment since the technology was introduced at Gatwick Station on Monday 11 January 2016.

In the first week of its introduction, 11,581 people used Oyster to pay for their travel to Gatwick; in the seventh week this had almost doubled to 22,202. In the first week, contactless cards were used to pay for 6,482 trips, in the seventh week this too had almost doubled to 12,699.

I’m a convert to the Oyster card – in addition to how easy it is to travel using the Oyster card, it’s also significantly cheaper! Just £8 per trip to London.

If you’re flying into Gatwick, just pick up a Oyster Card at the ticket office at the station. Cards are pre loaded with £15 or £30 worth of travel, cards cost £3.

Disruption to Gatwick rail services over Easter

If you’re planning to take the train to Gatwick Airport this Easter, do be aware that rail engineering works will affect services.

There will be no Gatwick Express services, or direct trains between London Victoria Station and Gatwick Airport, from Good Friday up to and including Easter Monday.

Buses will operate from Victoria to Clapham Junction, alternatively, passengers can travel to Gatwick via London Bridge and London Blackfriars.

If you’re travelling from Brighton to Gatwick, do be aware that there will be disruptions to this service too.