Airport Railway Station Set For £150m Transformation
10th July 2019 – Crawley Observer
By Staff Reporter
A £150m renovation scheme to upgrade Gatwick Airport railway station has been announced by the Government.
An artist impression of how the new station could look
Tens of millions of rail and from Gatwick are now set to benefit improved swifter journeys following the announcement by the Department for Transport.
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 five new lifts and eight escalators to improve passenger flow and widening two 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 of 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 three 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.”