National Express to cut back London airports coach links

National Express has applied to cancel the registrations of services 701 (Heathrow-Woking Station) and A3 (London Victoria-Gatwick Airport) from 5 February.

Although marketed as part of its express coach network, both routes are used by airport workers. The 701 has its origins in the Railair link service introduced by British Rail and operated, initially, by Rickards’ Coaches. The service passed to Speedlink Airport Services and was taken over by National Express, along with the rest of its operations, in October 1991.

The 24hr route A3 provides a local link for passengers between the Sutton area and Gatwick. It is not clear yet whether any alternative provision will be made.