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We’re transforming Gatwick Airport station to improve passenger journeys

We are delivering a vital 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

Project update

March 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
Track removal at Gatwick
Gatwick site works
Track work at Gatwick
Piling preparation at Gatwick
New platform at Gatwick
Social distancing briefing at Gatwick
  • 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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Contact us

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