Gatwick Airport station to double in size with ‘attractive’ new roof in Network Rail proposals

May 18, 2018
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Network Rail has announced plans to upgrade Gatwick Airport to “reduce congestion and improve passenger experience”.

The Department for Transport submitted the plans to Crawley Borough Council for the station, which serves 19 million passengers a year.

The proposals at the station for UK’s second busiest airport will include almost doubling the size of the station concourse, widening platforms five and six to reduce overcrowding and constructing an “attractive new roof structure”.

The station, which is part of the Brighton Mainline and offers directs services to Guildford , will accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036, Network Rail says.

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

Proposed design for Gatwick station
(Image: Network Rail)

The new proposals will aid accessibility with eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways, and better connections to the south terminal with improved passenger information.

Gatwick Airport’s chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson 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.

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“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.”

In the last 20 years, Gatwick Airport has seen the number of passengers increase to 7.5million with hourly services from Great Western Railway to Redhill , Reigate and Guildford.

Head of Gatwick Express, Stephen Maccallaugh, said: “The growing popularity of Gatwick and its increasing passenger numbers is a real positive for the airport and the station.

“This news highlights plans to significantly enhance the customer experience and ensure the station meets the changing demands of the airport and its customers, and it will be greatly welcomed by our passengers and our teams that work at the station and airport.”

Pending approval, construction is due to start in 2019 and completed by 2022.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/gatwick-airport-station-double-size-14672519


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