Between Christmas Day and 2nd January, Network Rail will carry out three significant infrastructure upgrades:
- a new platform and associated track and signalling work at Gatwick Airport that will provide more capacity for passengers and greater flexibility for train services calling at the station from February 2014;
- a major junction replacement between Redhill and Purley (Stoats Nest junction) that will remove the need for speed restrictions, improve journey times and increase reliability; and
- new signalling between London Victoria and Battersea that will also increase reliability.
These works have been scheduled over Christmas and the New Year to minimise disruption. Nonethless, they will inevitably have an impact on services operated by Southern, Gatwick Express, First Capital Connect and First Great Western.
While work is taking place, you may have to take different routes or transfer on to replacement bus services for parts of your travel. This will mean that journeys from London to Gatwick may take up to 90 minutes. Services will vary during the period, so the key message is to check before you travel using the National Rail Enquiries website . To make travelling during this period as smooth as possible, train companies have taken on an additional 120 staff for customer service duties, marquees will be set-up at key interchange stations (Three Bridges, East Grinstead and Coulsdon Town) to provide additional shelter for passengers waiting for bus connections and station cafes will remain open.