Rail travellers call for a direct Gatwick to Kent line

Rail travellers and tourism groups are calling for the reinstatement of a direct rail service from Kent to Gatwick Airport.

The direct service between Tonbridge and the Sussex airport was stopped in 2008 when the route was incorporated into the franchise now operated by Southern Railway.

Since 2008 passengers from Kent have had to change trains at Redhill.

A Network Rail spokesperson said it would “continue to liaise with partners about the options to improve connectivity between Gatwick and Kent”.