Tuesday 19th of January 2016
The transformation of the Gatwick rail line has included the launch of pay as you go Oyster and Contactless payments for Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services at London Gatwick Airport. This marks an important milestone for the ongoing rail works that are currently under way on Gatwick’s rail services.
The introduction of the two new forms of contactless payment, means that using the different rail lines will be as seamless as possible for passengers, and encourage more footfall at Gatwick Airport. As well as better and easier accessibility, the announcement of committed plans to improve the resilience and quality of rail services to and from London Gatwick Airport.
This means that Gatwick Airport will be railway ready for a second runway by 2020 and the results will be: new Gatwick Express trains in 2016 and new Thameslink trains by 2018; a connection to central London less than every three minutes be 2025; quicker journey times to West End and City and 15 million people brought within 60 minutes of London Gatwick Airport.
Stuart Wingate, Gatwick Airport CEO said:
“This technology is a game-changer for passengers making journeys to and from Gatwick easier and ticketing considerably faster.
“And this is only the start, as Gatwick’s rail services are to be completely transformed over the next five years with new trains, a doubling of capacity, and a brand new Gatwick station.
“Independent assessment has shown that Gatwick will be railway-ready for a second runway by 2020 and Gatwick’s second runway plan can be built within 10 years of a Government decision.
“This means that, for the first time in decades, the UK has the opportunity to finally reap the benefits of airport expansion. Let’s get on and build it.”