- government announces £150 million investment to upgrade Gatwick Airport train station
- holidaymakers and commuters to benefit from a larger concourse, 5 new lifts and 8 new escalators
- improvements set to reduce train delays and provide easier connections across the south-east
Tens of millions of rail passengers travelling to and from Gatwick Airport will benefit from improved accessibility and swifter journeys, after the Department for Transport (DfT) announced a £150 million scheme to upgrade the station.
The renovation will reduce train delays caused by platform overcrowding and congestion, while also improving passenger experience by providing easier connections to other destinations.
Planned upgrades will include doubling the size of the station concourse, adding 5 new lifts and 8 escalators to improve passenger flow, and widening 2 platforms to reduce overcrowding.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:
With 46 million people now using Gatwick Airport every year and 20 million coming by train, it is vital that we make the station more accessible and customer friendly for those travelling through it. The UK’s second largest airport has direct rail links to more than 120 destinations and is an important public transport hub.
We want to see Gatwick Airport’s success continue to flourish and ensure that it is ready for even more passengers in the future. Through this £150 million investment, we will deliver vital upgrades to boost the station’s capacity and provide better, seamless journeys for all.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said:
Gatwick has been transformed in recent years and the redesigned train station will take the airport’s redevelopment to the next level by providing a seamless transition between the airport and the station, more lifts, escalators and a doubling in the size of the concourse.
The new station will complement the huge improvements to rail services at the airport, which include new fleets of Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains and services that now leave the airport for London every 3 minutes – as frequently as services on the tube.
The project is a fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world-class transport hub that will comfortably manage the expected growth in air passengers and also encourage people to switch to rail as part of our push to get more people to travel to the airport by public transport.
The number of people using Gatwick Airport station each year has grown by 6 million since 2010. Currently the station is not designed for the high volume of daily passengers, often carrying bulky luggage.
[ Gatwick had around 31.34 million passengers in 2010.
It had about 46 million passengers in 2018. An increase of about 14.6 million more in that time. See CAA data ]
The renovation will be managed by Network Rail, in partnership with DfT. Gatwick Airport Ltd and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37 million and £10 million respectively.
Paul Harwood, Director of Investment for Network Rail, said:
The transformational enhancement to Gatwick Airport station will provide passengers with a much smoother and more pleasant experience and also reduce train delays.
Along with the recent improvements on the Brighton Main Line and our record £4.3 billion funding settlement for maintaining, operating and renewing the railway over the next five years, this investment is excellent news for passengers, businesses and the economy.
Patrick Verwer, Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, said:
This much-needed scheme will deliver real benefits for passengers thanks to enhanced platforms, new lifts and a larger concourse. At such a busy station these upgraded facilities will significantly contribute to the smooth running of our services for travellers getting to and from the airport.
Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:
If our economy is to grow, we need a transport network that supports faster, more reliable, and less polluting journeys for business, leisure and freight travel. Gatwick airport is an international destination and its station is a gateway to London and the wider Coast to Capital area.
This plan will greatly improve the interchange for commuters, visitors and business which will support the sustainable growth of the area with Gatwick airport at its heart.
We are delighted to have contributed £10 million and look forward to working with partners to deliver a better experience for passengers.
The improvement works will start in spring 2020 and will take around 2 years to complete. The works will be sequenced to ensure minimum disruption.
The government is investing a record £48 billion to modernise the country’s rail network and deliver significant improvements in performance, punctuality and capacity.
Gatwick airport station in line for £150 million makeover
The government has pledged £100 million towards improving rail connectivity at Gatwick airport.
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Gatwick airport station in line for £150 million makeover
Upgrades planned by the Department for Transport (DfT) include doubling the size of the station concourse, adding five new lifts and eight escalators to improve passenger flow, and widening two platforms to reduce overcrowding.
The DfT says the improvements will reduce delays caused by overcrowding and congestion, resulting in a more reliable, timely service and better connectivity to other destinations.
Annual rail passenger numbers at Gatwick have grown by six million since 2010, with the station not designed for this increase in passengers, many of whom have bulky luggage.
Network Rail will manage the works, in partnership with the DfT. Gatwick airport and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership will co-fund the project to the tune of £37 million and £10 million respectively.
“With 46 million people now using Gatwick airport every year and 20 million coming by train, it’s vital we make the station more accessible and customer friendly for those travelling through it,” said transport secretary Chris Grayling.
“The UK’s second largest airport has direct rail links to more than 120 destinations and is an important public transport hub; we want to see Gatwick airport’s success continue to flourish and ensure that it is ready for even more passengers in the future.”
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick chief executive, added the works would complement improved rail service at Gatwick, which include the introduction of new Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains.
The works will get under way in spring 2020 and will take about two years to complete.