Shuttle Terminates At Gatwick

The inter-terminal rapid transit system at London/Gatwick Airport, which was installed in 1987 to connect the north and south terminals, has been suspended temporarily to allow for the trains to be replaced.  The work is valued at £45 million and is expected to be completed in May 2010 when the trains will start running again.  Full operations are due to recommence by August.  In the meantime a bus connection is being provided for passengers.  The old trains have covered over 2.5 million miles, the equivalent of five return trips to the moon, and the doors have opened and closed an amazing 3.8 million times.  The carriages have also got through about 600 tyres and 16,000 power pick-up shoes.