The huge new railway station concourse at Gatwick Airport station is now under construction and trains have already started to use the first platform that has been rebuilt.
As part of a £150 million project, Platform 7 has been closed, rebuilt and reopened. Demolition work will soon begin on the footbridge and Platforms 5 and 6, which are now out of service.
In the meantime, work has begun on building the new concourse, which will sit over platforms 5, 6 and 7 and act as a new link for passengers changing trains at the station. The existing concourse will remain but will be substantially remodelled over the next three years.
All this is working towards the creation of a much bigger, brighter and better station, with much improved accessibility for passengers, by 2023.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “I am pleased to see this project reach another important milestone, which will transform this vital transport hub as people return to our railways.
“Once completed, the expanded modern station will be an impressive gateway to Global Britain, improving accessibility and enhancing the passenger experience to and from Gatwick.”
Crawley MP Henry Smith visited the construction site and said: “During such dark days for airports and fewer people currently travelling by train due to Covid-19 it may seem strange to celebrate upgrading Gatwick’s rail station but now is the moment to build back better ensuring that as our economy recovers it does so with the infrastructure to support people and businesses. Investing to expand platform capacity and enhance the passenger experience at Gatwick is timely and I welcome this commitment.”
Network Rail Southern region’s investment director Paul Harwood said: “We know that fewer passengers are travelling by train or plane, but we are continuing to invest for the future. By 2023 passengers arriving at Gatwick will see wider platforms, with more space for them, more lifts and escalators and the crowning achievement – a new concourse over some of our tracks.
“Today marks a big step towards that aim and passengers will see more big changes as the days go by.”
Angie Doll, Managing Director of Southern and Gatwick Express, said: “It’s great to see such progress being made at Gatwick station that will make a tremendous difference to customer experience when traveling to and from the airport by rail.
“This significant investment will complement the multimillion-pound scheme of station improvements we’re delivering for our passengers across our entire network.”
Platforms 5 and 6 have now been taken out of use and will be demolished and rebuilt to give passengers more room. They will reopen in their newer, brighter, wider and more accessible state in May 2022.