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New larger Gatwick Airport station opens




The
modernised
and
enlarged



station
at
Gatwick
Airport
opened
to
passengers
this
morning.
The
first
train
to
call
was
the
05.48
Thameslink
service
from
Bedford
to
Brighton.



There
has
been
a
Gatwick
Airport
station
since
1935,
when
the
name
was
given
to
an
existing
station
at
Tinsley
Green.



This
was
replaced
by
another
Gatwick
Airport
station
in
1958.
This
was
also
an
existing
station
called
Gatwick
Racecourse
which
was
rebuilt
to
serve
the
airport.
In
2019-20
the
station
was
used
by
more
than
21
million
passengers,
according
to
the
Office
of
Rail
and
Road.



Modernisation
has
added
a
second
concourse,
eight
new
escalators,
five
new
lifts,
four
new
stairways
and
additional
ticket
gates.
The
platforms
have
been
widened
and
track
has
been
upgraded.
The
station
is
within
the
North
Terminal,
but
the
linkspan
to
the
South
Terminal
has
also
been
improved.



The
two
concourses
have
allowed
a
one-way
system
to
be
introduced.
Passengers
going
to
the
airport
terminals
will
use
the
new
concourse,
while
the
older
concourse
will
be
for
passengers
leaving
the
airport.



Network
Rail
Sussex
route
director
Lucy
McAuliffe
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.’



Govia
Thameslink
Railway
customer
services
director
Jenny
Saunders
added:
‘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.’ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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