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Bank holiday rail disruption for passengers - train lines shut for improvement works

Rail engineering works are underway over the bank holiday weekend

Tens of thousands of rail passengers are facing disruptions this bank holiday weekend. Engineering works are taking place on key lines - with no service on the Gatwick Express. The Brighton mainline, South West Trains and Great Western services will also be affected. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The interviewees are Chris Denham from Network Rail; and Paul Clark, an engineer who has been chosen to appear on the project's awareness posters at stations.

New trains for Gatwick Express in £145m project

New trains on the way for airport service

ITV Meridian can reveal 145 million pounds is being spent on a new generation of trains for the Gatwick Express - that will also serve Brighton.

More than 100 carriages are being built - and the first will enter service within weeks. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, has been given exclusive access on board one of the new trains.


E-cigarettes ban on Southern Trains from end of July

Southern Trains is to ban its passengers from using electronic cigarettes on its trains or at its stations from the 26th July.

The rail operator said the measure brings Southern and Gatwick Express services into line with the rules on Thameslink and Great Northern services. Southern and Gatwick Express will join the other two firms in the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise at the end of July 2015.

Gatwick Express closed until January 2 for vital work

Vital improvement works are needed at three locations. Credit: Meridian

Gatwick Express services will not run until January 2. Network Rail will undertake vital improvement work at three locations on the network: replacing a major rail junction near Purley (north of Gatwick), upgrading signalling at Victoria and working on a new platform at Gatwick Airport station.

Southern, which operates operates Gatwick Express, will run a revised train and bus replacement service between London and Gatwick Airport between December 26 and January 1. Details of the revised services on this link.


Gatwick Express train services modified after Preston Park trackside fire

Information on the Gatwick Express website:

Due to a major signalling problem caused by a cable fire near Brighton, Gatwick Express services will continue to operate between London Victoria and Gatwick, but will be extended to Three Bridges tonight.

On Saturday 22 December, Gatwick Express services will run between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, stopping additionally at East Croydon in both directions on services between 0700-2100.