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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on reducing the price of off-peak Gatwick Express tickets between Brighton and London to the cost of a Southern ticket during the upgrade work to Gatwick airport railway station when Southern off-peak services from London Victoria will not run direct to or from Brighton; and if he will make a statement.
Network Rail is upgrading Gatwick Airport station to improve passenger experience and provide more reliable journeys for the 20 million passengers who travel to the airport by train every year. The industry is developing a passenger handling plan for the duration of the Gatwick Airport station improvement works. In addition to this, the government has taken action, alongside Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), to extend the Super Off-Peak and Kids for £2 Southern fare products to be eligible on Gatwick Express services from Brighton.