Gatwick Express will start a new and improved high frequency rail service in 2016

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UK: Siemens has announced that the first new Thameslink trains on the Brighton to Bedford line will begin serving Gatwick Airport from spring next year and two direct services to Peterborough and Cambridge from 2018.

Altogether, Siemens is building 55 new 12-car trains and 60 new 8-car trains for the Thameslink fleet. New depots are being constructed by Siemens to maintain the new fleet, with the first trains set to arrive this summer.

Gatwick Airport’s rail capacity is expected to double in the next five years with a train to London leaving the airport every three minutes. The £6.5 billion Thameslink infrastructure upgrade features state-of-the-art trains and new track and signalling systems.

Bombardier are building 108 new carriages for the Gatwick Express trains service from the airport to London Victoria. They are designed specifically for airport passengers with services starting early 2016.

"Overall, the improvements to Gatwick’s rail service means that 15 million people will be brought within 60 minutes of Gatwick by rail – the best reach of any UK airport,” said Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial officer.


The new high frequency train service hourly timetable would be:

•    4 Gatwick Express trains to Victoria
•    6 trains from East and West Coastway, Horsham/Littlehampton, Three Bridges/Haywards Heath to Victoria
•    4 trains from Gatwick and Brighton to Bedford via London Bridge
•    2 trains from Brighton to Cambridge via London Bridge
•    2 trains from Horsham to Peterborough via London Bridge
•    2 trains from Littlehampton/West Coastway, and Haywards Heath/Three Bridges to London Bridge

By 2020, Gatwick Airport railway station will have a £120.5 million redesign to match the improved train services. It would more than double the size of the concourse area to compensate for increase in passengers.