Improvement works

From time to time, often at weekends or public holidays, Gatwick Express has to make alterations to train services, usually for planned Improvement works.

Disruption between East Croydon and Gatwick Airport

Disruption caused by a speed restriction over defective track between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon has ended.

Disruption between Purley and Redhill

Following urgent repairs to the track between Purley and Redhill, trains are now able to run normally.

Disruption between London Victoria and East Croydon until approximately 22:00

Following a number of incidents between London Victoria and Clapham Junction all lines have now reopened.

Trains running between these stations may be delayed by up to 20 minutes. Disruption is expected until 22:00.

Customer Advice:

A train was involved in an operational incident near Clapham Junction which caused disruption to your service when a queue started to form behind the train involved.

Services are also being affected by the following incidents earlier today.

  • Emergency track repairs between Redhill and Purley.
  • A train being delayed at Selhurst awaiting a driver.
  • A number train faults.

 

To help assist you with your journey your ticket will be valid on the following operators:
  • London Buses via any reasonable route
  • London Underground via any reasonable route
  • London Overground via any reasonable route.
  • South Western Railway via any reasonable route.
  • Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink have a mutual ticket acceptance agreement between Brighton and London Blackfriars/London Bridge/London Victoria.

 

Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #LondonVictoria

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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Adverse weather conditions may affect Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services until Monday 23 October

Winds and gusts of between 40-50 mph have been forecast from Thursday 19 to Monday 23 October across the Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink networks.

Network Rail who own and maintain the railway have specialist teams in place who work proactively to identify potential problems before they arise. They apply an adhesive to the tracks where leaf fall is heavy, run leaf busting treatment trains; they also have chainsaw trained teams to remove fallen trees and branches.

Seasonal leaf fall can cause adhesion problems for trains when they become impacted on the track and turn into a Teflon like layer on the rails. This results in drivers having to brake earlier than normal as well as giving traction problems when leaving stations.

Please be aware that platforms can become slippery due to wet weather and leaf fall. Care should be taken when travelling on platforms and stations. You are advised to stand behind yellow lines for your safety.

Train services during adverse weather may be subject to delays, cancellations and short notice alterations.

We advise you to check your journey before travelling.

Twitter:
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Amended Gatwick Express service on Sunday 22 October

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Purley and Gatwick Airport closing some lines.

Trains will operate at as follows:

  • On the hour and 30 minutes past the hour from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport.
  • 20 and 50 minutes past the hour from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended Gatwick Express service on Sunday 29 October

Engineering work is taking place between Balham and Selhurst, closing some lines.

From the start of service until approximately 06:30, buses will replace Gatwick Express services between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

From approximately 06:30 until the end of service, a half hourly service will run. Trains will leave London Victoria on and at half past the hour. Trains will leave Gatwick Airport at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel

Amended Gatwick Express service on Sunday 5 November

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Selhurst and Purley / East Grinstead / Uckfield closing some lines.

Trains will operate at as follows:

  • On the hour and 30 minutes past the hour from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport.
  • 20 and 50 minutes past the hour from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended Gatwick Express service on Sunday 12 November

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Purley and Horley, closing some lines.

Trains will operate as follows:

  • On the hour and 30 minutes past the hour from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport.
  • 20 and 50 minutes past the hour from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria.

 

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Reading and Bedwyn on Sunday 12 November

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Reading and Bedwyn, closing the line.

Trains between London Paddington and Penzance are diverted between Reading and Westbury via and calling additionally Swindon and trains will not call at Newbury or Pewsey.

A connecting bus service will run between Swindon and Pewsey.

Buses also replace trains between Reading and Bedwyn.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended Gatwick Express service on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November

Engineering work is taking place between Balham and Selhurst all weekend and between London Victoria and Clapham Junction on Sunday, closing some lines.

On Saturday, an extremely reduced service will run from London Bridge to Brighton. Trains will leave London Bridge at 05:59, 06:23, 06:55, 07:25, 20:28, 20:59, 21:29, 21:59, 22:28 and 23:00.

On Sunday, Gatwick Express services will not run. You should use Southern or Thameslink services to travel between London and Gatwick Airport.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

No Gatwick Express service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Balham and Selhurst, closing various lines.

There will be no Gatwick Express service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. Customers may use Southern / Thameslink services between London and Gatwick Airport.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended Gatwick Express service on Sunday 3 December

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Redhill and Horley, closing some lines.

Trains will operate as follows:

  • On the hour and 30 minutes past the hour from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport.
  • 20 and 50 minutes past the hour from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria.

 

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service in the Redhill area on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December

Engineering work is taking place between Purley and Horley and between Redhill and Reigate / Tonbridge, closing some lines.

Saturday

Gatwick Express services will  run an amended timetable, trains will operate as follows:

  • On the hour and 30 minutes past the hour from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  • 18 and 48 minutes past the hour from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria

 

Great Western Railway services between Reading and Redhill / Gatwick Airport will terminate at Reigate with replacement buses running between Reigate and Gatwick Airport.

Buses will also run between Reigate and Redhill.

Southern services from London Bridge / London Victoria to Tattenham Corner services will run up to 5 minutes later from Purley.

London Bridge / London Victoria to Horsham services will not call at Purley or Salfords.

A replacement bus service will run between Purley and Horley and between Redhill and Tonbridge.

Thameslink services from London Bridge to Brighton will not run.

Some Bedford to Brighton services will call additionally at Balcombe.

Sunday

Gatwick Express services will run an amended timetable, trains will operate as follows:

  • On the hour and 30 minutes past the hour from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  •  20 and 50 minutes past the hour from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria

 


Great Western Railway services between Reading and Redhill / Gatwick Airport will terminate at Guildford. Trains will depart Reading up to 20 minutes earlier than usual.

Buses will run between Guildford and Gatwick Airport, taking approximately 60 minutes.

Buses will also run between Guildford and Redhill.

Some buses in the morning and at night will call additional at either Reigate, Redhill or Gatwick Airport.

Southern services will be amended as follows:

  • London Bridge to Redhill / Tonbridge will not run
  • London Bridge to Horsham / Bognor Regis services will not call at Coulsdon South, Merstham, Redhill and Earlswood
  • London Victoria to Brighton services departing at 32 minutes past will not run
  • London Victoria to Brighton services departing at 27 minutes past will be retimed to depart at 32 minutes past and will not call at Redhill but will call at Purley additionally
  • Brighton to London Victoria services departing at 10 minutes past will not run
  • Buses will replace trains between Purley and Horley and also between Redhill and Tonbridge.

 

Thameslink services will be amended as follows;

  • Trains will not call at Coulsdon South, Merstham or Redhill. You should use the replacement bus service between Purley and Horley / Gatwick Airport operated by Southern.
  • Trains between London Bridge and Brighton will not run
  • Some Bedford to Brighton services will not run

 

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can plan your journey with Southern using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Reduced Gatwick Express Service on Sunday 17 December

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between London Victoria and East Croydon, closing some lines.

A reduced, half hourly Gatwick Express service will run at the following times:

  • London Victoria to Gatwick Airport at xx:00 and xx:30
  • Gatwick Airport to London Victoria at xx:20 and xx:50

 

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Reduced Gatwick Express service on Saturday 23 December

Engineering work is taking place between Purley and Horley, closing the line via Redhill.

A reduced, half-hourly Gatwick Express service will run at the following times:

  • London Victoria to Brighton at xx:00 and xx:30
  • Brighton to London Victoria at xx:18 and xx:48

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Travelling on Gatwick Express over the Christmas week

Customers please note the following amendments to train services over the Christmas week:-

25 December - No service

26 December - No service

1 January - A Sunday service will operate today.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

No Gatwick Express trains on 25 and 26 December

Major route improvement work will affect Gatwick Express services over the Christmas and New Year period.

You can find out more information here.

Reduced Gatwick Express service from Wednesday 27 until Friday 29 December

Engineering work is taking place between Purley and Horley, closing the line via Redhill.

A reduced, half-hourly Gatwick Express service will run at the following times:

  • London Victoria to Brighton at xx:00 and xx:30
  • Brighton to London Victoria at xx:18 and xx:48

 

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Reduced Gatwick Express service on Saturday 30 December

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Purley and Gatwick Airport, closing some lines.

A half-hourly Gatwick Express service will operate as follows:

  • On the hour and 30 minutes past the hour from London Victoria to Brighton
  • 18 and 48 minutes past the hour from Brighton to London Victoria

 

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

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