The free monorail which runs between Gatwick’s South and North terminals, will close for a £37 million refurbishment programme in September.
The news was reported on the businesstraveller.com forum over the weekend, and has now been confirmed by BAA (although the operator would not confirm the exact dates for the closure).
BAA says a free shuttle bus will replace the transit service while the project is being completed, the timetable for which has not yet been released. The transit currently runs every six minutes (three minutes during peak times) and takes two minutes to travel between the terminals.
The monorail is being refurbished “to ensure that the link between the North and South Terminals provides the level of service and capacity to facilitate growth.”
BAA said: “The original track-transit system, which dates back to 1988, has completed more that two million miles in its twenty year history and the [new] project will deliver a state-of-the-art shuttle service, due to open from the end of July 2010.”
The new inter-terminal transit system will have the capacity for passenger traffic predicted in 2020.
Business Traveller will follow up this story with a full report when more information and images are available.
Report by Felicity Cousins