Gatwick and Heathrow Lose Key Rail Links for Christmas

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK's love of closing things over Christmas will see London's biggest airports both partially shut off from the rail network for a large chunk of the Christmas period, as lines serving both Gatwick and Heathrow are taken out of service for maintenance and upgrading.

The Gatwick closure is the worst by far, with rail bosses shutting down the Gatwick Express for 10 days from Christmas Eve until January 4. Heathrow, meanwhile, will see its Express and Connect rail links shut for three days from December 25, as engineers work on plugging in Crossrail lines and cables.

Gatwick's line will partially reopen on December 27, but via a long-winded route that takes three times longer. A Gatwick spokesman said: "We recommend passengers check updates before they travel, plan their route carefully, and allow extra time if intending to travel by rail during this time. These works are an essential part of plans to double rail capacity at Gatwick by 2020."

So if you like seeing people suffer and be miserable at Christmas, hang around the platforms at Gatwick. There will be old ladies with children and suitcases and presents and squashed cakes sobbing all over the place, so sign up to be an Uber driver and make enough money to last you for the next year. [Guardian]

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