The transformation of Gatwick Airport station has moved an important step closer after a planning application was submitted for a major redevelopment.
Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, has submitted proposals to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience at the station, which serves 19m passengers a year – up from 7.5m 20 years ago.
The proposals submitted to Crawley Borough Council aim to reduce crowding at the station, improve passenger flow and provide better connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.
Proposed improvements include:
almost doubling the size of the rail station concourse
eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow
widening platforms 5 and 6 to reduce overcrowding
better connections to the south terminal with improved passenger information
an attractive new roof structure.
The proposals will accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036.
“The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Mainline – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.
“Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”
John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route
“The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.
“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. 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.”
Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer, Gatwick Airport
“Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London. Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”
Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital
“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.”
Stephen Maccallaugh, GTR’s Head of Gatwick Express
Indicative project timeline
Crawley Borough Council will determine the planning application in spring 2018.
Funding parties will make a final decision on the project in autumn 2018.
Construction begins in 2019.
Project completion in 2022.
The project is subject to planning permission and a final decision by all funding parties.