Gatwick rail capacity set to double

Sick of engineering works on the main London to Brighton line that have had a negative affect on trains for Gatwick for what seems like forever?

Don’t worry, the end is in sight, as capacity on the rail network at Gatwick set to double in the next five years.

The first new trains are set to start operating on the Brighton to Bedford line from Spring 2016.

Also, in early 2016, 108 new Gatwick Express carriages will begin operating between Gatwick and London Victoria.

In 2018, airport passengers are also set to benefit from two new direct services to Peterborough and Cambridge.

Within five years, a train is expected to leave the airport every three minutes destined for London.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The new high frequency service that will serve Gatwick will transform rail journeys for our passengers, with capacity doubling and a train to London every three minutes.

“Crucially, the new trains will be much more reliable and will be stacked with amenities suited to the needs of air travellers.  Combined with robust new track and signalling systems, Gatwick’s passengers will experience a really pleasant and dependable service.

“Overall, the improvements to Gatwick’s rail service means that 15 million people will be brought within 60 minutes of Gatwick by rail – the best reach of any UK airport.”

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