Gatwick Express to test new ticket gates

7 December 2011 (Last Updated December 7th, 2011 18:30)

Gatwick Express will test new ticket gates deployed at both London Victoria train station and Gatwick Airport train station from next week.

Gatwick Express will test new ticket gates deployed at both London Victoria train station and Gatwick Airport train station from next week.

Gatwick Express is installing eight new ticket machines at London Victoria train station and Gatwick Airport train station.

The new ticket gate lines will enable customers to easily buy tickets at ticket machines and ticket offices at both Victoria and Gatwick airport stations.

The new ticket gate lines will be staffed by Gatwick Express customer service hosts and will also be enabled to accept smartcard technologies in the future.

In addition, Gatwick Express customer service hosts will also guide customers in purchasing tickets at the mobile ticket machines.

The main service runs the 27-mile distance from London Victoria to Gatwick every 15 minutes, while the average non-stop journey time is 30 minutes.

The new gate line to the Gatwick Express platforms will, at both stations, be fully operational by the end of December.

London - Gatwick is one of the few journeys on the UK National Rail network for which passengers are required to choose between different operators when buying tickets.

On all other flows shared by different National Rail operators, tickets for immediate travel are inter-available, although some restrictions may apply on cheaper tickets.

The non-stop rail-air link between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport in south-east England is operated by the Southern franchise.