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.

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.

Gatwick Express disruption Sunday 13 December

Gatwick Express is advising passengers that there will be an amended service on Sunday, 13 December 2015.

A bus replacement service will be in operation from 01:05 until 06:30.

From 06:30, Gatwick Express services will operate as follows:

  • 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.

Journey times will be extended by up to 40 minutes.

Severe reduction in Gatwick Express services

If you thought train services to Gatwick couldn’t get any worse, think again.

The London to Brighton train service is notorious for delays, but the latest plans to deal with the increasing number of passengers using the route could, according to the Independent, see air travellers in danger of missing their flights.

In the latest plans, the number of Gatwick Express will be halved and some other rail services will be delayed. The result? 38 fewer Gatwick Express services and 13,000 fewer seats a day on London to Gatwick services.

Don’t forget, if you’re planning to travel to Gatwick by train this Christmas, rail engineering works mean there will be no direct trains from London and no Gatwick Express services from Christmas Eve until 4 January.

Journey times to the airport will take around 90 minutes.

Rail strike set to affect travel to Gatwick this week

UPDATE: the proposed strike action has been called off.

Proposed industrial action by the RMT Union is set to cause disruption to rail services to and from Gatwick this week and next.

A 24-hour strike is set to start at 17:00 on Thursday 4 June and end at 16:59 on Friday 5 June.

A 48-hour strike is expected to start at 17:00 on Tuesday 9 June, finishing at 16:59 on Thursday 11 June.

There will also be an overtime ban from 00:01 on Saturday 6 June until Friday 12 June.

It is unclear what services will run, however, Network Rail is still in talks with the RMT to avert industrial action.

If the strikes do go ahead, expect trains that do run to be extremely busy, and also heavy traffic on the roads to Gatwick as travellers make alternative travel arrangements.

For more information on the industrial action visit  nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/99287.aspx

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.”

More disruption to Gatwick train services

There is still severe disruption to train services to and from Gatwick Airport.

Due to yesterday’s burst water main and landslip, the following rail operators have reported reduced services:

Gatwick Express
A reduced service is operating through the South Croydon area and trains are operating half-hourly – on the hour and 30 minutes past from London Victoria, and at 20 and 50 minutes past from Gatwick.

More information check here: www.gatwickexpress.com/en/your-journey/timetable/live-running-information

Southern
Southern is also reporting severe disruption to services. For more information on their reduced timetable click here: www.southernrailway.com/

First Capital Connect
Reduced services today with approximately two trains per hour each way – more information here: www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/plan-your-journey/live-train-updates/#12ca6db6597bb1c3f78a748094770f87

Gatwick Airport is advising passengers to allow extra time for their journey.