London to Gatwick rail services to take 90 minutes this Christmas

Major rail engineering works between Christmas Eve and Monday 4 January 2016 will result in line closures and no direct trains between London and Gatwick Airport.

No trains will operate between South Croydon and Redhill during this period, resulting in the cancellation of all Gatwick Express services – no Gatwick Express trains will operate between the hours of 23:00 on 24 December and 04:00 on Monday 4 January 2016.

Journey times on the London Victoria to Gatwick Airport route are set to triple, up from 30 minutes to around 90 minutes.

Trains will operate from London to East Grinstead and then a replacement bus service will take passengers from East Grinstead to Gatwick Airport. Travel to Gatwick is also possible via trains to Horsham and then a replacement bus service to Gatwick

Although trains between Brighton and Gatwick will operate as normal, commuters will need to travel to East Grinstead by bus (from Three Bridges) before taking the train onwards to London – a journey expected to take two and a half hours.

Any passengers wishing to travel to Gatwick over the festive period is advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey, or seek alternative methods of transport, such as driving and using Gatwick meet and greet parking.

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