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Revised plans for major Gatwick rail station overhaul submitted

Gatwick airport entrance lift 3to2

Network Rail has submitted a revised planning application for the major upgrade of Gatwick Airport railway station.

scheme to upgrade the station was initially proposed in 2014, but was scrapped when it later came in over the preliminary budget. Construction for the scheme was due to take place from 2017 to 2020.

The new proposal includes doubling the size of the existing rail station concourse, eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow. Platforms 5 and 6 will also be widened to reduce overcrowding.

Network Rail said better connections to the south terminal with improved passenger information would also be included.

In the application to Crawley Borough Council, it said the new station was to have an “attractive” new roof structure.

Network Rail manager director for the South East route John Halsall said: “The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Main Line – the £300M reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.

“Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”

As part of the change to the way major enhancement projects are funded in control period 6 (CP6), the scheme will need to apply separately for money to build the station. However, funding is expected to come from Gatwick Airport, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport.

In the CP6 shake up, major enhancement schemes are now expected to be developed up to “single option development” stage (GRIP 4) before funding is approved.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Network Rail and partners are developing detailed proposals to a provide a bigger, better Gatwick Airport station.”

Subject to planning permission, a decision on the funding of the Gatwick Airport station is expected to be made in autumn this year with construction starting in 2019, completing in 2022.

The station currently serves 19M passengers a year, 7.5M more than 20 years ago. The proposals are expected to accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036.

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