Construction begins on Gatwick Airport’s railway station concourse

WCN Editorial Team 19 Nov 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Construction has started on the Gatwick Airport’s new railway station concourse as the first train was pulled into a temporary platform, which was delivered before schedule by UK-based construction and engineering firm Costain.

Gatwick airport is the second busiest airport in the UK, with the rail station being one of the busiest stations in the country, outside of London, handling more than 20 million passengers annually.

Managed by Network Rail, the project is being delivered by Costain, in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Govia Thameslink Railway and Gatwick Airport Ltd.

This £150m project has seen several changes at the rail station since it commenced in May. These include installation of a temporary replacement and closure of platform 7.

By the end of the project, it is expected that there will be a bigger and better station, providing improved accessibility for passengers, Costain stated.

Costain’s project delivery team has been working with Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), which is a tested approach that aids projects to leverage innovate ideas to save time and cut down costs.

Costain’s project delivery team leader Mark Howard said: “We are two months ahead of programme and intend to maintain that advantage all the way to the end of the project, using SIT will help build on that success and support an improved outcome.”

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The rail station is one of the busiest stations in the UK, outside of London. (Credit: Costain Group PLC)

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