Gatwick set for major station upgrade

April 11 2018   | Region: London, South East

Gatwick set for major station upgrade

Construction could start next year on a major redevelopment of Gatwick Airport’s railway station after a planning application for the £120M project was submitted by Network Rail.

If approved the scheme would almost double the size of the station concourse to accommodate rising passenger numbers.
 
The aim is to reduce crowding, improve passenger flow and provide better connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.
 
“The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Main Line, improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy,” said Network Rail managing director for the South East route John Halsall.
 
The project also includes plans to widen two platforms, provide new escalators, lifts and stairways to boost accessibility, and improve passenger information.
 
Network Rail – in partnership with Gatwick Airport, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport – announced that it had submitted the planning application to Crawley Borough Council on Monday.
 
If successful, the funding parties will make a final decision on the project in Autumn 2018, before construction begins in 2019. The scheme would complete in 2022 and accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036.
 
Gatwick Airport’s chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson described the project as a “fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub”.
 
He added: “The new station also complements the transformation of train services at Gatwick. Later this year trains will start leaving Gatwick for London with tube like frequency – every three minutes – and new direct services will start to Cambridge and Peterborough for the first time ever.”
 
Coast to Capital LEP chief executive Jonathan Sharrock said: “Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London. Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole.
 
“We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”
 
The latest plans for the redevelopment of Gatwick's railway station come after a previous set of proposals went beyond the available budget of £120.5M.

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