Cheaper Southern and Thameslink train tickets accepted on Gatwick Express until September
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London-based readers will almost certainly have seen, if they haven’t been personally impacted, the chaos surrounding the new Thameslink rail timetable. Due to a lack of driver training on the new routes, there are huge numbers of cancellations due to no trains being available.
In an attempt to get people moving by any route possible, all Thameslink and Southern tickets towards Brighton can be used on Gatwick Express services until at least 31st August.
Thameslink and Southern tickets are, of course, cheaper than Gatwick Express tickets.
You probably won’t be able to buy a Thameslink ticket at Victoria, although the ticket office could do it, but you can buy a ‘Southern only’ ticket and then hop on the Gatwick Express.
The official announcement is above (click to enlarge) but here is the key wording:
“With immediate effect until 31st August 2018:
Valid ‘Thameslink only’ routed season, single and return tickets can be used on any Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink train service that will enable them to complete their journey.
Valid ‘Southern only’ routed season, single and return tickets can be used on any Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink train service that will enable them to complete their journey.
Valid ‘Not Gatwick Express’ routed season, single and return tickets can be used on any Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink train service that will enable them to complete their journey.
Normal time restrictions on the use of tickets and Railcards will remain in place.”
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