Improving road & rail links
Improved transport links are vital to the successful future of Gatwick Airport.
Gatwick is well connected to the North, South, East and West and has a huge reach. 3.2 million people live within 30 minutes of the airport and all of London’s population and almost 15 million of the UK population lives within around 60 minutes.
We're already by far the the best connected UK airport by rail, with direct services to 129 stations around the UK - set to increase to up to 175 by 2025 - and fast train services into central London too - and we have huge plans to improve this further regardless of our expansion.
Oyster at Gatwick
The launch of pay as you go Oyster and Contactless payments for Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services was another milestone in rail improvements at Gatwick.
Gatwick station upgrade
Gatwick Airport train station is getting a major upgrade with a £120 million redesign transforming the stations and passenger experience. Work is scheduled to start in 2017 and be completed in 2020 delivering a doubling in size of the station concourse area, more lifts and escalators to improve access to all platforms and intuitive passenger flow.
This major station upgrade will be delivered alongside a significant increase in capacity on rail services through Gatwick, between Brighton and London and services to Cambridge and Peterborough by 2018.
Rail and road improvements
The raft of improvements include:
- A train to central London every 2.5 minutes in peak hours by 2019
- New Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains in service from 2016
- Quicker journey times to the West End and City, than from Heathrow
- 15 million people brought within 60 minutes of Gatwick – more than any UK airport
- 1000 rail stations within one change, including links to all UK main rail lines, Crossrail and HS2
- Committed upgrades to M25 and M23, including smart motorway system, complete by 2020
Put into context, a doubling of rail capacity by 2020 means 4,000 additional seats to the capital every hour with longer and more spacious trains, transforming rail services for both air passengers and local commuters. Other planned infrastructure improvements – such as Brighton Mainline re-signalling and junction replacements – will nearly treble capacity by 2035.