Behind the scenes: Gatwick Airport's £150m station upgrade

  • Report by ITV News Meridian's Charlotte Wilkins:

Despite the pandemic, the £150 million pound upgrade to Gatwick Airport's railway station is well underway.

It is hoped the work will improve accessibility and ease overcrowding.

The station was built in the late 1950s, and little has been done to improve it since then.

This project will mean major changes to the size of the station to cope with the increase in passengers.

The current concourse is not fit for purpose. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Improvements include:

  • The concourse will double in size to provide more space and better facilities for passengers

  • Eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways will be installed to support passengers with reduced mobility, the elderly and those travelling with a pushchair or luggage

  • Platforms 5 and 6 will be widened to reduce overcrowding and improve accessibility

  • Connections to the airport terminals will be upgraded

Due to the pandemic, government advice states that people should avoid public transport if possible, which means disruption for passengers has been kept to a minimum.

Building work is underway at the station. Credit: ITV News Meridian

There was some concern about a new timetable which was introduced for the duration of the work, but due to the current lack of passengers, it has not caused much disruption.

For information about timetable changes, click here.

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