Rapid City Link
The Gatwick Express began as Rapid City Link Gatwick-London in 1978.
The non-stop service launched in 1984 and was invariably branded as Railair Link or Gatwick Express.
In conjunction with the new InterCity logo, Gatwick Express also received a new logo.
Gatwick Express was privatised in 1994 two years before the rest of the railway network. It officially became a franchise in 1996.
In 2009, the Gatwick Express franchise merged with the South Central franchise although it retained its own branding. In mid 2015, Gatwick Express (along with Southern) became part of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise.
| Current franchises|
Chiltern | East Anglia (Stansted Express) | East Midlands | Essex Thameside | Greater Western | InterCity East Coast | InterCity West Coast | Merseyrail | New Cross Country | Northern | ScotRail | South Eastern | South Western (Island Line) | Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (Gatwick Express) | TransPennine | Wales and Borders | West Midlands
Defunct British Rail sectors