Network Rail reveals Gatwick improvements

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  • AMcWhirter
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    Readers can get an idea of what is planned for Gatwick’s train station.

    The work will take two years to complete (May 2020 to May 2022) during which time there will be some changes.

    The main ones are the halving of LGW Express frequency (every 30 mins) and the fact that all trains running through the station will be restricted to a maximum speed of 30 mph.

    https://www.southernrailway.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/gatwick-station-upgrade

    Gatwick Airport station upgrade


    openfly
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    Another two years of shambles for the poor commuters that use this line from the south coast and Sussex….wait and see!!

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    AMcWhirter
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    According to the statement the new timetable will be published on February 23.

    I would imagine that journey times (for those trains running through Gatwick’s station) will have to be extended somewhat.

    Having to decelerate, run through the station at 30 mph and then accelerate to normal speed would surely add several mins to the schedule.

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    capetonianm
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    Next up, stay tuned for :

    Gatwick reveals Network Rail improvements in which our correspondent reports on clean trains, running punctually at regular intervals, and with adequate seating even at peak times. We will also report on a new and logical fare structure allowing visitors to the country, even those who don’t understand English, to obtain the correct lowest fare for the journey they are making, and train staff whose brief will be to help passengers who have not purchased the correct ticket, rather than to berate and humiliate them.

    What’s that soaring past my window ….. oh, a flying pig.

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    AnthonyDunn
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    Having used LGW airport station since I was knee high to a grasshopper, demand and use has massively outgrown its physical size and capacity. It’s long overdue for the airport station to be comprehensively rebuilt. What has long amazed me is how it is that there are not dedicated platforms off the main running roads so that LGW terminating trains don’t block an entire pathway through the station. But the UK has long had a serious issue around adequate thinking, planning and spending on infrastructure.

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    TimFitzgeraldTC
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    What is crazy is that Platform 7 has only recently been put in. You’d have through the whole thing would have been done in 1 go thus minimizing the overall expense and disruption. But the way funding works in rail industry along with a general lack of foresight – not surprising really.

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