Platform closures ahead: No 387105, with temporary Gatwick Express branding, waits at the airport station at the rear of the 12.23 service to Victoria on 21 November 2018. The train is in platform 6 and the photo taken from platform 7; it is on this side of the station that major platform works will take place. Philip Sherratt

Gatwick works prompt GTR service changes

Govia Thameslink Railway will be making timetable alterations in May as a result of platform closures necessitated by the £150 million rebuild of Gatwick Airport station. The project aims to improve passenger facilities at the station, which suffers from overcrowding. Platform closures will be in place until May 2022, with building works continuing until the project completes in 2023.

Among changes planned by GTR include cutting the Gatwick Express frequency to half-hourly by removing those trains which currently terminate at the airport, but retaining through services to Brighton. The operator will also end the practice of splitting and joining of trains at Haywards Heath, with separate services for destinations on the West and East Coastway, while spare Gatwick Express Class 387s will be deployed on Brighton to Hastings services.

As well as accommodating the platform closures for the station works, GTR says the changes in May are designed to further improve Brighton main line performance by acting to combat current delay chain issues.

For the full story about the service changes GTR is introducing in May and the impact of the Gatwick Airport works, see a feature in the February issue of Modern Railways, on sale 23 January.

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