Network Rail has announced the go-ahead for a major upgrade of the station at Gatwick Airport with easier access, reduced congestion and better facilities.
Work to finalise the station design will start immediately with the relocation of a substation due to commence in summer 2011. Passengers will begin to see progress at the station but the major construction work is not scheduled to start on site until Autumn 2012 after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games have finished. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
The £53m scheme will deliver a range of benefits for passengers including:
- Improved passenger circulation on platforms 5 and 6 through the replacement of an existing stairway with an escalator and the installation of a new lift
- Refurbishment of the concourse area to provide better facilities for passengers and improved circulation
- Upgrade of the track and signalling to improve performance and reliability of trains passing through and travelling to/from Gatwick Airport.
- A new platform to address the existing bottleneck in the Gatwick area for services on the Brighton mainline