Gatwick Express to do away with clock-face timetable

Published on : Thursday, July 7, 2016

Gatwick ExpressFrom 11th July onwards, passengers of Gatwick Express, the oldest airport express of UK would discover that the usual timetable of the railway resembles something like a lottery.


Ever since the service of the Gatwick Express had been established in the year 1984, it had a simple ‘clock-face’ timetable that included departure of the train every 15 minutes, half-hour and quarter-hour.


However, as per a new timetable, passengers would have to brace up with irregular departure times and also a fewer number of trains.


The last few months have been witnessing mass cancellations on account of a dispute between Govia-Thameslink Railway and staff shortages. The Govia-Thameslink Railway is responsible for running the service of Gatwick Express. Therefore, the train operator is now permitted to cancel upto 350 trains on a given day.


The company of Govia-Thameslink Railway has stated that with a view to offering passengers a more reliable journey that is free of any glitches, the company would adhere to a more regular timetable that would be followed from Monday to Friday.


The trains that generally leave London at least 15 or 45 minutes after an hour are known to be more secure. Having said that, at times the 00 departure is cancelled while at other times the 30 service is done away with.


On the other hand, during rush hour, trains usually depart about four minutes prior to the normal scheduled timings. Also, certain train services are likely to consume three more minutes than the normal half-hour journey time.


The trains that stop at East Croydon and Clapham Junction are just as regular as the Gatwick Express but are comparatively cheaper, though they take a few minutes longer to reach their destination.

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