22 June 2008
Go-Ahead train operator Southern ran its first Gatwick Express on Sunday 22 June when the premium service became part of the current Southern franchise.
The service comes under Southern’s stewardship as part of the outcome of the Department for Transport’s Brighton Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy.
Keith Ludeman, Go-Ahead’s Group Chief Executive said:
“We are pleased to be operating this prestigious service alongside our own well-performing Southern business. We will continue to deliver the standards our passengers have become accustomed to and deliver some immediate improvements, such as new ticket machines at Victoria and Gatwick stations which will make it easier for customers to buy their tickets.”
Passengers using the Gatwick Express will experience no change to the timetable until December this year when Southern will extend Gatwick Express services to Brighton in the morning and evening peaks.
Newly refurbished trains will support these extended services and provide 2,000 additional seats into London, helping to relieve crowding on the Brighton Line, one of the network’s most congested routes.
Notes to editors
- 1. For more information contact Samantha Hodder, Go-Ahead Group communications director on 0208 929 8651 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2. Until June 22, Gatwick Express was owned by National Express. Some 300 staff have transferred to Southern. Gatwick Express operates 160 services a day between Victoria Station and Gatwick Airport, carrying 14000 passengers daily.
- 3. The Go-Ahead Group plc is one of the UK’s leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the bus, rail and aviation services sectors. Employing approximately 27,500 staff across the country, we provide services to over 900 million passengers every year. In addition to the travelling public, customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL), local authorities, BAA and major airlines.