Proposals to improve the service at Gatwick Airport Station have been submitted.
The plans will see major redevelopment of the station, with wider and larger platforms planned, along with other features to improve accessibility at the station.
Gatwick Airport Station serves approximately 19 million passengers every year. This, and the fact the passenger numbers have grown by more than seven million a year from the total 20 years ago, perfectly illustrate why the transformation is required.
The partnership of Network rail, Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport submitted the proposals to Crawley Borough Council, with the aim of reduced congestion, better passenger flow and connectivity towards airport terminals.
Should the plans be approved, passengers can expect a much improved service, and continues the investment in the country’s railways.
It is expected to accommodate the rail growth forecast up to 2036, and Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at the airport, explained the need for the proposals.
He said: “The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and given 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.”
If approved, the plans will see the size of the rail station concourse double, platforms five and six will be widened, a new roof structure will be installed, and accessibility will be improved through the use of eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways.
Croydon Borough Council will make a decision on the proposals before summer, with construction set to begin next year.