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Upgrading Gatwick Airport station

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. 

Upcoming key dates 

  • Platforms 5 and 6 reopen to public Tuesday 3 January 2023 
  • New concourse opens Sunday 12 March 2023.

Project update April 2022

The time lapse video below shows progress being made at Gatwick station during April 2022, whilst the station is still open to passengers.

Here are some key achievements:

Gatwick track works

Platform widening and changes to the track layout  

Platforms 5 and 6 have been widened to create more space for passengers meaning we’ve needed to realign the track and move the power supply, communications and signalling systems. 

We’ve also remodelled track in the Gatwick area to speed up journeys for passengers travelling on the Brighton Main Line by reducing the journey times of up to 30 trains a day by 5 minutes.  

Special Assistance Point  

The new Special Assistance“ Point has been designed to make the journeys of passengers with any mobility issues and those who require assistance as easy as possible.

It’s equipped with an accessible desk and seats, as well as a Customer Information Screen that provides the latest train times and platform information. Induction loops will help people who use a hearing aid or loop listener to hear sounds more clearly.  

Aerial view of airport entrance concourse deck progress

Airport entrance steelworks 

Steelwork installation for a new superstructure that will support the new and larger second concourse at the station has started. As well as supporting a new larger concourse the steelwork will also form the new entrance to the airport from the rail station.

Escalators 

The final three of eight new escalators, which will connect platforms 5, 6 and 7 to the new station concourse were lifted into place in February 2022. 

Back of House building 

The previous Back of House area in the existing station concourse is being demolished to create more station concourse space for passengers. Good progress is being made on the new Back of House building which will provide nearly 300m2 of new staff welfare facilities.

Refurbished southern overbridge

Overbridges 

The southern overbridge reopened to passengers in early March and refurbishment of the northern overbridge is now underway and will finish in July 2022. Two refurbished station overbridges will form two one-way entry routes from the rail station to the airport.

Station concourse

Two tower cranes have been successfully installed in the small construction site at the back of Platform 7. These cranes are enabling the team to build the brand new station concourse and Back of House building. 

Train timetable changes

To support the station upgrade, there will be changes to services at the station on some weekends and bank holidays. Passengers are advised to always plan ahead and check their journeys before travelling. For more information visit:

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