Gatwick station to get £120.5 million redesign

4 Dec 2014 by BusinessTraveller
Gatwick airport has announced plans for a £120.5 million redesign of its rail station, scheduled for completion by 2020. The project will start in 2017, and will include the doubling in size of the current concourse area, additional lifts and escalators to all platforms, and “intuitive passenger flow and clear concise information”. The improvement works are aimed to ensure Gatwick can “comfortably manage the expected growth in air passengers”, with the station set to see 20 million rail passengers per year by 2025 (an increase of five million on current figures). The airport points to a “significant increase in capacity on rail services through Gatwick, between Brighton and London” by 2025, with enhancements including:
  • New Gatwick Express trains by 2016 and new Thameslink trains by 2018
  • Connections to Crossrail at Farringdon in 2019
  • New twice hourly direct connections to Peterborough and Cambridge
  • A train to central London every 2.5 minutes by 2025
  • Quicker journey times to the West End and City, than from Heathrow
  • 15 million people brought within 60 minutes of Gatwick
In September The Airport Commission published a report looking at three options for runway expansion in the south east - a third runway at Heathrow, extending an existing runway at Heathrow, or a second runway at Gatwick. The Commission will deliver its final report after the general election in summer 2015. Mark Caswell
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