United Kingdom. Border Force strike. Delays at airports are expected on 1 February.
Travellers entering the UK on 1 February could face long queues as Border Force workers go on strike.
The industrial action will start on 1 February and last until 7 am on 2 February. Additionally, Wednesday will see broad strike action by train drivers across the nation, which might halt rail operations.
Anyone who can use eGates is also being advised to do so.( ePassport gates are automated self-service barriers (an automated border control system) operated by the UK Border Force and located at immigration checkpoints in arrival halls in some airports across the UK and at the juxtaposed controls in international railway terminals abroad, offering an alternative to using desks staffed by immigration officers).
If you are travelling into the UK via any entry point, you should prepare for disruption and check before you travel.
While the initial Border Force strikes primarily targeted UK airports, those on 1 February will also include ports. International arrivals at all UK airports and ports including Dover will be impacted. UK border controls at Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles in northern France are likely to be affected too.
On 1 and 3 February train driver members of the ASLEF union will be on strike. There will be no services on any day, according to 15 train operators. This comprises the Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express, Avanti West Coast, and CrossCountry. This means there will be NO Gatwick Express, Southern, Thameslink or Great Northern services running on these days. Services on Thursday 2 and Saturday 4 February will start later than normal with no trains before 7am, but this will be later on some routes.
Greater Anglia & Stansted Express, Great Western Railway, and LNER are the other three that will have a scaled-back service.
More information on this link https://www.gatwickexpress.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/service-updates
Gatwick Express services will not run as engineering works close London Victoria Station on 18, 19 February.