The Gatwick Express train service, which runs non-stop from London Victoria station to Gatwick airport, will be suspended for some 10 days from late Christmas Eve to Sunday 3 January.
This is a consequence of engineering work to replace a junction in the Purely area. This work also means that no trains will run between Croydon and Redhill.
Southern Trains will still run trains from London Victoria to Gatwick via Horsham. A bus to Gatwick will also be available at East Grinstead for passengers connecting from Southern Trains from London Victoria to East Grinstead. However, in both cases the journey time will take approximately 90 minutes.
Thameslink services from Bedford and London St Pancras will not call at Gatwick airport and will run as far south as East Croydon from where connections will be available to Southern train services East Grinstead for an onward bus connection to Gatwick. The journey time will be extended to approximately two hours.
No trains will run at all on Christmas Day and a very limited service will operate on Boxing Day.
Train services from Brighton and the South Coast to Gatwick are unaffected by the engineering work.
Separately, there is also substantial railway engineering work taking place in the London area as a consequence of the rebuilding of London Bridge station with no Southeastern railway services to or from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or London Bridge and all services will be diverted to and from Victoria, Blackfriars and New Cross from late Christmas Eve to Sunday 3 January 2016.
In light of extended journey times and reduced services, we would strongly advise pursuing alternative options to reach Gatwick airport.
We will provide a further update on Christmas and New Year travel changes for all three of London’s main airports in due course.