BAA proposes new reforms for Gatwick Express

Hotel News - 19/01/2006

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The British Airports Authority (BAA) is trying to safeguard the future of its award winning Gatwick Express rail link, after the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) recommended that the route be scrapped.

The SRA had called for the Express to be replaced with more non-dedicated stopping trains, but the BAA has now submitted its own plan that offers a compromise solution for rail and airport users.

BAA's proposal will see an increased availability of seats on both trains and planes, as well as a more punctual and reliable service for all users of the Brighton Main Line.

Paul Griffiths, managing director of Gatwick Airport, said: 'We believe our joint proposal shows that the differing needs of the commuter and the air traveller can be reconciled.

'The existence of this compromise plan should enable the Department for Transport to reach a speedy conclusion to the Route Utilisation Strategy, and give air passengers, commuters and airlines confidence in the future of the rail services in which they all rely.'

By taking steps such as altering its timetables and reducing standing times, BAA hopes to maintain the practicality and high quality service of the Express, which has seen it be voted the nation's favourite train service a record four times in succession.

Travellers needing to stay overnight at the airport once they have arrived by rail or road can book rooms at Gatwick airport hotels online.

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