1991 saw the introduction of a new airport rail connection to London. With Gatwick Airport having its own non-stop service from London Victoria and Heathrow – being connected via the London Underground system.
Differing slighty from other railway airport services, it stops at intermediate stations between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport – one in particular being Tottenham Hale for interchange with the Victoria tube line. The Victoria tube line has become known as the ‘quick-toria line’ as it runs a very fast service between Walthamstow in the east to Brixton in the south.
At the time of introduction, the service had brand new trains built. British Railways built the trains in the form of Class 322.
During the mid 1990s the Class 317 took over the duties from the Class 322s. The service is now operated by Class 379, commonly known as Electrostars. Southern, Gatwick Express, Southeastern Railway and Great Northern also use Electrostars. They have become quite a reliable type of trains for the British Railway network.
The Stansted Express has carried on running a reduced service during Covid-19 and there are plans to up the Service and introduce new trains in the future.