GTR suspends Gatwick Express as demand slumps


The Gatwick Express rail service will be suspended indefinitely, as part of further cuts announced by the country’s biggest rail franchise.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has confirmed further reductions to its services, which include Southern, Thameslink, and Great Northern, from Monday (30 March), ‘as part of the phased timetable changes agreed with Government to maintain train services for key workers’.


From Monday, 30 March, the Gatwick Express service will be suspended until further notice, in response to a significant fall in passenger numbers at the airport and to help keep other trains running.

Southern and Thameslink trains will continue to serve Gatwick, which GTR said would mean ‘more than adequate capacity to satisfy demand’.

Chief operating officer Steve White said: ‘In this national emergency, we and the rest of the rail industry are doing everything we can to keep essential services running for key workers on whom we all depend.

‘These changes will release our staff to concentrate their efforts on keeping these essential services running.

‘To check your journey next week please check online with National Rail Enquiries where the revised timetables will be in place from the weekend. Please note that Coronavirus is having a major impact on us all and there may be further changes so check before your travel.’

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