This article needs to be updated. (December 2017)
Gatwick Express is the name of a fast train service that runs on the Brighton Main Line, a railway line between Victoria station in London and the city of Brighton and Hove in South East England, stopping at Gatwick Airport on the way. It is fast because it does not stop at any stations between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.
28 April 1996 – 22 June 2008
Part of the South Central franchise
22 June 2008 – 19 September 2009
20 September 2009 – 25 July 2015
Part of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise
26 July 2015 – September 2021
|Main route(s)||London Victoria – Gatwick Airport|
|Stations called at||8|
|Route km operated||43.3|
|National Rail abbreviation||GX|
|Parent company||Govia Thameslink Railway|
A Gatwick Express train leaves London Victoria station every 15 minutes and takes 30 minutes to get to Gatwick Airport station. After arriving at Gatwick Airport, at least every other train on weekdays and Saturdays continues non-stop to Brighton railway station. At peak hours, every train continues to Brighton, but makes two stops between Gatwick and Brighton. On Sundays, all trains end at Gatwick Airport; there are no trains to and from Brighton.
Before June 2008, Gatwick Express was a train operating company (TOC) and was a franchise owned by Southern, another TOC that has trains on other routes. On 22 June 2008, the Gatwick Express TOC was closed. Now the Gatwick Express is directly operated by Southern, but it is still called Gatwick Express.
The Gatwick Express service has used many types of trains over the years. Most of them were designed just for the service.
The first trains to be used on Gatwick Express services were hauled by Class 73 locomotives.
Another Class 460 train, this one waiting at Victoria station and marked with a Continental Airlines logo.
From 2008 to 2016, Class 442 Wessex Electrics were used. These trains were built 20 years earlier, but were later refurbished.
Inside the Class 387 trains, which replaced the older trains in 2016. There is both "Standard Class" and "First Class" seating.
As part of British Rail
| Operator of Gatwick Express franchise
1997 — 2008
South Central/Gatwick Express
Gatwick Express franchise
| Sub-brand of South Central franchise
2008 — present