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.

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.

No Gatwick Express this Sunday, 14 February

Continuing rail engineering work means there will be no Gatwick Express services this Sunday, 14 February.

No services will operate from the hours of 01:00 on Sunday until 04:00 on Monday 15 February.

Judging by National rail’s journey planner, no trains will operate between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, and Gatwick Express is advising passengers wishing to travel to Gatwick to travel from London Bridge.

Oyster cards valid for Gatwick travel

Travelling to Gatwick by train from London? You can now use your Oyster card.

From today, 11 January 2016, Oyster cards and contactless payment methods will be accepted on Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink trains at Gatwick Airport station and five other stations on the London to Gatwick route: Horley, Salfords, Earlswood, Redhill and Merstham.

Gatwick Express Passenger Services Director, Angie Doll, said: “We are delighted that our passengers will be able to use pay as you go to travel between Gatwick Airport and London. This is yet another example of how we are making it easier for our passengers to travel by National Rail using state-of-the-art payment technology, and one of many customer benefits we are introducing and delivering across GTR such as a new Gatwick Express train fleet, 1,400 new carriages for the Thameslink programme and a £50m investment on improving our stations.”

Gatwick Express and Southern join Govia

Train operators Gatwick Express and Southern are now operated by Govia Thameslink Railway, effective 26 July 2015.

Although the companies are now operating under Govia company, which operates Great Northern and Thameslink, the brands and staff remain the same.