For those unaware of the current position with many commuter lines north and south of London, a quick summary:
- Thameslink’s new routes to and from Brighton, Gatwick and places south of London were supposed to link with new services to towns and cities north of London
- The timetable has been introduced but poor planning means that hundreds of services are being cancelled or badly delayed
- A temporary timetable has been introduced in an effort to try and get things sorted out.
So, what does this mean if you are going to Gatwick. You can buy the cheapest ticket – typically Southern or Thameslink and use the faster Gatwick Express service.
Yesterday, quietly, there was a change made to try and mitigate the impact by allowing passengers with cheaper tickets to use the typically expensive Gatwick Express. But there is a twist you need to know if you are using Oyster to pay for your tickets.
So what is the deal?
- Valid ‘Thameslink Only’, ‘Southern Only’ and ‘Not Gatwick Express’ routed season, single and return tickets can now be used on any Thameslink , Southern or Gatwick Express train services that will enable customers to complete their journeys.
- Time restrictions on the use of tickets and Railcards remain in place
- First class remains classified