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.

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.

No Gatwick service on Sunday, 31 January 2016

If you plan to travel to Gatwick by train this Sunday, 31 January 2016, you may wish to consider another method of transport.

Engineering work means all lines will be closed between South Croydon and Redhill. As a result, no Gatwick Express trains will operate between the hours of 02:00 Sunday 31 January and 02:00 on Monday 1 February.

There’s a revised service on Southern and Thameslink trains, which will include buses – journey times will take between 80 and 90 minutes.

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.”

Disruption on trains to Gatwick Sunday 10 January

More engineering works this Sunday, 10 January, will affect train travel to Gatwick.

No Gatwick Express services will operate on Sunday 10 January – the first Gatwick Express service is expected to begin at 04:00 on Monday, 11.

Other train services between London and Gatwick Airport will involve bus services part or all of the way with journey times in the region of 90 – 104 minutes.

Gatwick passengers are advised to check train services in advance and allow plenty of extra time for their journey.