Gatwick Airport Station to Receive £150 million Revamps
by Traveleads | July 9, 2019 | Latest News
The UK government has announced that £150 million will be used in order to perform ‘vital’ upgrades on the rail station at Gatwick Airport in which millions of commuters will benefit from faster journeys and with the aim to reduce delays caused by platforms overcrowding.
The funds will target these issues by doubling the size of the station concourse as well as widening two platforms and adding five new lifts and eight escalators.
Gatwick said that the works would “reduce train delays caused by platform overcrowding and congestion, while also improving passenger experience by providing easier connections to other destinations.
The work will start next spring and will take approximately two years to complete.
The airport said that the number of people using the station each year has grown by the massively since 2010, and that “currently the station is not designed for the high volume of daily passengers, often carrying bulky luggage”
The renovation will be managed by Networking Rail and the Department of Transport.
Commenting on the news Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:
“With 46m people now using Gatwick Airport every year and 20m coming by train, it is vital that we make the station more accessible and customer friendly for those travelling through it. The UK’s second largest airport has direct rail links to more than 120 destinations and is an important public transport hub.
“We want to see Gatwick Airport’s success continue to flourish and ensure that it is ready for even more passengers in the future. Through this £150 million investment, we will deliver vital upgrades to boost the station’s capacity and provide better, seamless journeys for all.”
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