Travellers using Gatwick face severe disruption to rail services due to three-day strike action on the Southern railway from today.

Passengers are being urged to plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time to get to the airport.

“The train strikes will increase the number of people driving in the area, so roads are expected to be much busier than usual,” Gatwick warned.

No Southern services will serve the airport today, tomorrow and on Friday due to industrial action by train drivers in an ongoing dispute over driver-only operated trains.

A reduced Gatwick Express service will see training running every 30 minutes rather than every 15 minutes between the airport and London Victoria station.

No Gatwick Express services will run overnight on strike days between 10pm and 5am however Thameslink services will still operate to and from the airport throughout the night.

There will be no Gatwick Express services between Gatwick and Brighton. The same services will be affected by a further strike on January 24, 25 and 27.

“We are expecting significant disruption to rail services to and from Gatwick,” the airport said.