A new Gatwick Airport station has opened, promising a fresh and improved experience for passengers traveling between Brighton and London. This upgraded station boasts a more vibrant concourse and a new airport entrance.
- Second concourse and airport entrance double the space available to the millions of passengers who use the station each year.
- Eight new escalators and five new lifts provide significantly enhanced accessibility.
- Four new stairways and widened platforms.
- Quicker journey times between Brighton and London on some services.
The station’s enhanced accessibility is made possible by adding eight escalators, five lifts, four new stairways, and wider platforms. These ease passenger movement between the train station and the airport, ensuring faster and easier connections. Moreover, this development reduces platform congestion, allowing trains to operate on schedule, which benefits travelers throughout the wider rail network.
Passengers traveling along the Brighton Main Line have already experienced the advantages of this project. The journey times between Brighton and London have been notably reduced, with some services achieving a one-hour travel time.
Notably, the existing station concourse has also been expanded and improved. It boasts new customer information systems, additional ticket gates, and a dedicated passenger assistance point. These enhancements aim to optimize the passenger flow within the station, prioritizing efficiency and convenience.
As part of the transformation, the new concourse will be the primary entrance for individuals accessing the airport terminal. The existing concourse will be dedicated to outgoing passengers. The original station concourse, footbridges, and the South Terminal linkspan were refurbished and reconfigured. Now, they create a seamless one-way system from the train station to the airport.
New Station Supports London Gatwick Growth
Lucy McAuliffe, Network Rail Sussex route director, said: “I’m delighted to see the upgraded Gatwick Airport station open today, providing the millions of passengers that use the station each year with a fantastic and fit-for-purpose station that supports the ambitions of London Gatwick and the significant growth in passengers expected in the years to come.
“This has been a highly complex and challenging project, and I am proud of how hard our teams have worked in close conjunction with our partners to deliver a station upgrade that makes journeys to the airport much easier for all passengers and encourages people to ditch the car and travel by rail, the cleanest and greenest way to travel.
“This project is not just for those making their way to the airport. The work benefits passengers right across the route by giving them quicker journeys and a more reliable timetable. I hope passengers enjoy this newly upgraded station.”
New Gatwick Airport Station is Air-Rail Network Enhancement
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “With millions of people traveling into Gatwick Airport by train each year, this station is a major public transport hub and has been upgraded thanks to Government funding, improving the train-to-plane journey and delivering more reliable services for passengers.
“Today’s opening demonstrates this Government’s commitment to funding improvements to our rail network, transforming a vital station into an impressive gateway to the UK and helping more British and international passengers to travel by train.”
More Environmentally Friendly Travel
Jenny Saunders, Customer Services Director for Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “Our trains sustainably speed people to the airport in just half an hour from London – and that’s much better for the environment than driving.
“However, the station has been struggling with the numbers using it, and that holds up our trains, delaying everyone.
“This stunning redevelopment has fixed all that. I genuinely believe our customers are going to love the extra space and improved accessibility that will make the journey between train and plane quicker, easier, and more attractive.”
Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, London Gatwick, said: “From today, airport passengers traveling by train will have a dramatically improved experience as they pass through the bigger, better and brighter new station concourse. This fantastic new, fully accessible station concourse will encourage even more passengers to come to the airport using sustainable public transport.”