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Gatwick revamp means significant rail disruption on the Brighton line

Rail passengers were today warned to expect two years of disruption on one of London's busiest commuter routes.

Computer generated image of Gatwick Airport station after redevelopment Credit: Network Rail

A new timetable with fewer trains is being introduced on the Brighton line while Gatwick Airport gets a £150m facelift.

The project to build a new concourse will involve temporary platform closures and a 30mph speed limit.

From May 17th Gatwick Express will operate two trains an hour instead of four during much of the day.

No Southern trains will operate the full length of the line between London Victoria and Brighton but some Southern tickets will be valid on the more expensive Gatwick Express.

Southern and Gatwick Express parent company Govia Thameslink Railway promised longer trains to try to ease overcrowding.

Gatwick Airport is the first stop for millions of people visiting the UK and these upgrades will relieve overcrowding, improve accessibility and reduce delays for holidaymakers and commuters.

– CHRIS HEATON-HARRIS MP, RAIL MINISTER

This revised temporary timetable will create room for the work at the station wile doubling the length of trains along the coast and retaining as many services as possible. supplemented by additional longer trains, ensuring we still have the services and capacity for our passengers.

– ANGIE DOLL, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SOUTHERN & GATWICK EXPRESS