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:

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.

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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.

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.