We’re transforming Gatwick Airport station to improve passenger journeys

Passenger information: planned changes this Christmas

There will be changes to Southern, Thameslink, South Western Railway and Great Western Railway services that use the railway lines through Gatwick, Horsham, Epsom and Dorking over the Christmas period between Saturday 26 December 2020 and Sunday 3 January 2021 inclusive. There is no train service on Christmas Day.

If you are planning to travel during this period, please allow additional time for your journey, as some journeys may require a change of train. Details on individual journeys, including the times of trains will be available in journey planners and on National Rail Enquiries from December 2020.

We are delivering a vital £150m upgrade to Gatwick Airport station to increase capacity, improve accessibility and transform the experience for more passengers, than ever before.

More than 21 million air travellers and passengers use the station every year, up from 14 million in 2010. Our upgrade plans will deliver 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 (GTR). Gatwick Airport Ltd and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37 million and £10 million respectively and GTR, the train company that operates Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Southern services will operate a dedicated timetable during the project. The project is being delivered by Costain.

The benefits

Improved accessibility

  • Eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways will be installed to support passengers 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 accessibility

A better journey experience

  • The rail station concourse will double in size to provide more space and better facilities for passengers.
  • Connections to the airport terminals and passenger wayfinding will be upgraded to improve passenger experience

Improved train performance

  • Widened 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 – May 2022
  • 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

Train timetable changes from Sunday 17 May 2020

While coronavirus has impacted train services, a dedicated timetable will be in place from Sunday 17 May 2020 to support the Gatwick Airport station upgrade.

The timetable is necessary because the platform works between May 2020 and May 2022 will prevent trains from stopping at some platforms and a 30mph speed restriction will be in place when trains pass through the worksite.

While this important work is underway, there are 16 trains per hour in each direction through the station for the majority of the day, two fewer than could otherwise run.

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The full timetable is available in journey planners such as National Rail Enquiries.

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Contact us

For more information on the station upgrade you can visit our contact us page or call our 24-hour national helpline on 0345 711 4141 or you can contact us on Twitter at @NetworkRailSE