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We’re transforming Gatwick Airport station to create more space for passengers, making the journey from the train to the plane easier, improving accessibility and supporting a more reliable train service.

In 2019 more than 21 million air travellers and passengers used the station, up from 14 million in 2010. Our upgrade plans will deliver significant benefits for millions of rail users, commuters and airport passengers and create a station that befits Gatwick’s status as a gateway to the country. 

The project is being managed by Network Rail in partnership with the Department for Transport and Govia Thameslink Railway. Gatwick Airport Ltd and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37 million and £10 million respectively. The project is being delivered by Costain. 

The benefits 

More space and better journeys for all passengers  

  • We’re building a second, bigger station concourse: a new superstructure will tower above the station platforms as a new entrance into the Airport. This will double the amount of space for passengers and support movement around the station, and in and out of the Airport. 
  • The existing station concourse will also be refurbished with a modern open plan ticket office and improved ticket retailing support, creating more space and better facilities  

Improved accessibility  

  • Eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways will be installed across the station to support passenger movement and improve the journeys of people with reduced mobility, the elderly and those travelling with a pushchair or luggage. 
  • Platforms 5 and 6 will be widened to reduce crowding and improve pedestrian flow.  

A more reliable train service  

  • Wider platforms, new escalators, lifts and stairways will allow passengers to board and alight trains more quickly. This means trains spend less time on platforms, reducing delays and supporting a more reliable service. 

Key dates 

  • Enabling work: track 6 closed, taking platform 6 out of action – 26 April 2020 
  • Stage 1: Platform 7 closed – 17 May 2020 – 1 Nov 2020 
  • Stage 2: Platforms 5 & 6 closed – 1 Nov 2020 – January 2023 
  • Stage 3: Platform 3 & 4 lift and staircase installed – 29 Sept 2020 – March 2023 
  • Stage 4: Concourse work – September 2021 – March 2023 
  • Completion of remainder of the work: September 2023 

Project update

The time lapse video below shows progress being made at Gatwick station during October 2021, whilst the station is still open to passengers.

October 2021 project update

In the critical first year of works the project made excellent progress despite many challenges. Thanks to innovative ways of working during the Covid19 pandemic, the team were able to meet two major project milestones while ensuring the continued safety, health and wellbeing of all site workers. 

Here are some key achievements:

  • The structures of platforms 5 and 6 and all services were demolished to be replaced with wider platforms in 2022, creating space for more passengers
  • The canopy over the London end of platforms 3 and 4 was demolished in preparation for the arrival of a new lift and stairway, as part of major accessibility improvements
  • Laying foundations for the new station structures, including the new Back of House building and platforms 5 and 6
  • A tower crane was successfully installed in the small construction site at the back of platforms 7 – this will enable the team to start building the brand new station concourse in 2021
  • A site access bridge was lifted in across platforms 3 and 7, which will allow work to continue across the platforms throughout 2021 and 2022. 

Tower crane installation time-lapse video

Gatwick airport upgrade November 2020

Train timetable changes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic timetables are regularly revised to ensure train services are matched to passenger demand. Please remember to check every journey before you travel. The full timetable is available in journey planners such as National Rail Enquiries.

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