There will be major changes to Southern and Gatwick Express services this Christmas and New Year due to engineering works taking place.
Southern has urged passengers to check before they travel over the Christmas period and also to allow extra time for their journey because of the disruption.
The Network Rail project at Purley will sever the main line, which means that there will be changes to trains to Gatwick Airport from London and coastal services to London from 11pm on Christmas Eve until 4am on Monday 4th January.
As a result, there will be no trains between South Croydon and Redhill and no Thameslink services between East Croydon and Three Bridges. Travelling by train between London and the coast will still be viable however, the journeys will be diverted and take longer and be busier.
There will be bus replacements to make sure that passengers can complete their journeys during this busy time.
“This is a major piece of engineering work by Network Rail and when finished, will provide a more reliable infrastructure at a critical point on our network,” said a Southern and Gatwick Express spokesperson. “We’re putting arrangements in place to keep passengers moving while these essential works are being done.”
Although the Gatwick Express service will not run over Christmas, travelling by train to Gatwick Airport from Brighton or coastal stations will not be affected.
Details of Christmas service routes and frequencies can be found here.
Details of journeys and train times are now available here.