RETHINKING THE GATWICK EXPRESS

The issues behind the Strategic Rail Authority's reappraisal of the Gatwick Express in the Brighton line Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) in the UK are considered. The SRA announced the introduction of six fast trains an hour between Victoria and Gatwick. However these won't solely serve Gatwick, but will call at East Croydon and go onto the coast. The Gatwick Express has dedicated accommodation for airport passengers, greater capacity for luggage and longer platform occupancy. The franchise for the Gatwick Express was awarded to the National Express Group in 1996. Both traffic and the demand for paths on the Brighton line have continued to grow. The problems associated with dedicated services are outlined. The existing layout of tracks and sidings is outlined and a possible layout for reducing conflicts at up sidings is described. The benefits of reintegrating the Gatwick Express back into the main Brighton line franchise are outlined.

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    Ian Allan Publishing, Limited

    Riverdene Business Park, Riverdene Industrial Estate
    Molesey Road
    Walton-on-Tham, Surrey  United Kingdom  KT12 4RG
  • Authors:
    • Hawthorne, J
  • Publication Date: 2004-10

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 58-61
  • Serial:
    • MODERN RAILWAYS
    • Volume: 61
    • Issue Number: 673
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00987157
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2005 12:00AM