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: http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/travel-advice-for-aslef-overtime-ban/

Southern rail strike to affect trains to Gatwick

A five-day strike by the RMT Union will affect Southern Rail services from today, 8 August until Friday 12 August.

At least 40% of this week’s Southern services have been cancelled

Although Gatwick Express and Thameslink train services are expected to operate as normal – with an amended timetable – anyone travelling to Gatwick is advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey.

Half-hourly Gatwick Express services Sunday 17 April

The continued rail engineering work between London Victoria and Balham means that some rail lines will be closed this Sunday, 17 April.

Gatwick Express services will be replaced by a bus service until 06:20.

From 06:20, a half-hourly Gatwick Express service will operate at the following times:

  • Trains will depart London Victoria Station at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour
  • Trains will depart Gatwick Airport at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

Gatwick Express half-hourly service this Sunday, 7 February

Gatwick Express will operate a half-hourly service this Sunday, 7 February, due to engineering works.

Trains will depart at the following times:

  • 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.

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.”

No Gatwick Express from Christmas Eve to 4 January

Just a reminder that there will be no Gatwick Express services from 22:00 on Christmas Eve, 24 December, until 04:00 on Monday 4 January due to major engineering works on the rail network.

Gatwick Express is not the not the only rail operator affected by engineering works, Southern and Thameslink will also be affected.

Due to several line closures, no direct trains will operate between London and Gatwick from Christmas Eve until 4 January.

Journey times will take approximately 90 minutes and air travellers are advised to all plenty of extra time for their journey – check journey times here: www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Reduced Gatwick Express services this weekend

Rail engineering works this weekend – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 January – will result in reduced Gatwick Express services throughout the weekend.

Saturday 17 January 2015

Trains will operate at the following times, although early morning and late night services may see varied departure times.

  • Trains depart Victoria at 29 and 59 minutes past the hour
  • Trains depart Gatwick Airport at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour.

Sunday 18 December 2015

With journey times of up to 40 minutes, trains will operate at the following times:

  • Victoria to Gatwick Airport, trains will depart at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour
  • Gatwick Airport to Victoria, trains will depart at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

London Bridge to Gatwick services suspended

Due to building works taking place at London Bridge Station, there will be no direct trains to London Gatwick Airport until Monday 1 September 2014.

The rebuilding of the station, which commenced earlier this year, is due to be completed by 2018 at a cost of £6.5bn.