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Southern Rail still the best option?

Hi all,

I looked for this topic using search, but wanted to get an updated answer, if possible. There are 6 adults in our group arriving into Gatwick on July 7th, a Sunday. We get in at 10:35 am and will not have checked bags. If I assume an hour to deplane and go through immigration/customs, we will want something around 11:30 am.

Does Southern Rail run on Sundays? (In a post from a few years ago there seemed to be some kind of 'rail replacement service' since it was on a Sunday.)

For 6 adults at that time, is Southern still the best or is Gatwick Express still an option? (I didn't see it come up on Google Maps or Rome2Rio.)

Our apartment is in the Tower Bridge area on the south side.

Thank you!

Posted by
1072 posts

"Does Southern Rail run on Sundays? (In a post from a few years ago there seemed to be some kind of 'rail replacement service' since it was on a Sunday.)"

Track maintenance is usually done on specific parts of the national rail network at weekends, the post you saw was probably reference to work on that line at that particular time (it doesn't happen every weekend).

Posted by
402 posts

It is worth adding though, that if Southern Rail had a replacement bus service at that time, then it would almost certainly be the same for Gatwick Express as they use the same rail network.

A look at the Future engineering work page for National Rail enquiries suggests that there is work on the line, but everything should be operating as normal after 8:15 am on the 7th

Posted by
15539 posts

For a group of six adults, why not price out the cost of a car service. It will take you right to your front door.

Posted by
343 posts

Thanks everyone! It looks like the group discount on ThamesLink will be the best in terms of time and cost. Thank you for the link to the group discount page and checking on upcoming maintenance.