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11/04/2018

Plans submitted to improve Gatwick station

Words: Laura Edgar
Platforms at Gatwick station / iStock-621595744

Network Rail has submitted plans to Crawley Borough Council to redevelop the train station at Gatwick Airport.

The plans have been submitted in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and the Department for Transport (DfT).

The station is located at the airport’s North terminal.

As the station now serves 19 million passengers a year, compared with 7.5 million 20 years ago, Network Rail said the plans aim to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience.

The scheme will also upgrade connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.

Proposals include almost doubling the size of the rail station concourse, widening platform 5 and 6 to reduce overcrowding, and better connections to the South terminal.

Eight escalators, five lifts and four stairways will be installed to “improve accessibility and passenger flow”.

According to Network Rail, the proposals will accommodate rail growth up to 2036.

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Gatwick Airport, said: “More than a million local commuters and business people also use the station each year and will benefit from this fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world-class transport hub.

“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.”

John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route, added: “The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Main Line – the £300 million reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.”

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