Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, has submitted proposals to Crawley Borough Council for the transformation of Gatwick Airport station.
The proposals are aimed at reducing congestion and improving passenger experience at the station, which serves 19 million passengers a year, up from 7.5 million 20 years ago.
The proposals also aim to reduce crowding at the station, improve passenger flow and provide better connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.
Proposed improvements include doubling the size of the rail station concourse; eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow; widening platforms 5 and 6 to reduce overcrowding; better connections to the south terminal with improved passenger information; and an attractive new roof structure.
The proposals have been prepared to accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036.
According to indicative project timeline, Crawley Borough Council will determine the planning application in spring 2018; funding parties will take a final decision on the project in autumn 2018; construction begins in 2019 and project completion in 2022.
The project will be subject to planning permission and a final decision by funding parties.
Network Rail manager director for the South East route John Halsall said: “The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Main Line – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.
“Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”
Gatwick Airport chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson said: “The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.
“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.”