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UK government backs Gatwick Airport rail development

Gatwick Airport has released new images of its new rail station, on the day that government minister, Penny Mordaunt, announced £10 million of funding to secure the redevelopment of the transport hub.

The £120 million redesign will transform the station and passenger experience, with work scheduled to start in 2017 and complete in 2020.

The £10 million announced today by the department for communities and local government minister was funding that the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership will put toward the station’s redevelopment.

Gatwick will also contribute £30 million, Network Rail £30 million, with government contributing the rest.

Improvements to the new station include:

  • A doubling in size of the concourse area to reduce congestion and improve the passenger experience.
  • More escalators and lifts to improve access to all platforms.
  • Intuitive passenger flow and clear concise information.
  • The improvements will see the rail station comfortably manage the expected growth in air passengers using the single runway airport, with demand at the station set to increase by five million to 20 million rail passengers a year by 2025.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick chief commercial officer said: “Gatwick has transformed itself in recent years and millions more passengers are benefiting from the world class service the airport now offers. 

“The redeveloped station will complement Gatwick’s transformation and our passengers will experience a seamless transition between the airport and the new station.

“The whole project is a fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub.

“It’s not just our air passengers that will benefit from the transformation, over 1 million other business travellers using Gatwick station every year.”

This major station upgrade will be delivered alongside a significant increase in capacity on rail services through Gatwick, between Brighton and London, as a result of committed and planned enhancements.