Gatwick to reopen monorail ahead of schedule

19 Feb 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Gatwick airport has lifted into position the new carriages which will serve its refurbished monorail, and says it will open the shuttle one month ahead of schedule in July.

The airport closed its inter-terminal monorail in September for a £44m refurbishment project, with passengers currently being transported by bus between the South and North terminals. It has now lifted six new 14-tonne carriages onto the track and will spend the next few months testing them before the shuttle reopens in July.

The refurbishment programme encompasses the carriages, track and stations, replacing a system which had been in place since 1987.

Gatwick’s Project Director, Ray Melee said: “It’s fantastic news that the new cars are now in place. It’s testament to the hard work and skill of the teams involved that the shuttle will be up and running for passengers sooner than planned.”

“The new service is an important part of Gatwick’s near £1 billion investment programme that will modernise the airport and provide a better experience for passengers at every step of their journey.”

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Report by Mark Caswell

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