Where is Gatwick?

New Gatwick station

Gatwick is located in one of the best connected areas in the UK.

The airport already has the fastest transport links into the centre of London and the financial district plus great connectivity to elsewhere in the UK, allowing all our passengers, whether on business or leisure, to get to wherever they need to go direct from the airport. 

Passengers at any airport want to be able to connect easily on the ground, as well as through the air. Gatwick is already well connected by road and rail with:

  • A quarter of the entire UK population – and the whole of London – live just 1 hour away
  • 2.5 million people half an hour away or less
  • Connections to 800 rail stations, 129 of them directly
  • Its own dedicated junction on the M23 motorway

Gatwick station upgrade

Gatwick Airport train station is to get a major upgrade that will almost double the size of the station concourse area and provide more lifts and escalators, improving access to platforms and transforming the passenger experience. Plans are currently at the advanced design stage, with works expected to start in 2019 and be completed in 2022.  

Gatwick already has the best rail access of any major UK airport, with train to check-in taking just two minutes at South Terminal. The station upgrade will be delivered alongside a significant increase in capacity in rail services through Gatwick, between Brighton and London including: 

  • New Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains in service from 2016/17, providing more capacity and more passenger convenience
  • A train to central London every three minutes by 2018
  • New twice hourly direct connections to Peterborough and Cambridge from 2018
  • Shorter overall journey times to the West End and city, compared to Heathrow
  • Connections to Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) at Farringdon from 2019
  • 15 million people brought within 60 minutes of Gatwick by road or rail (2018)
  • Future planned enhancements that would bring even higher frequencies and more direct connections by 2030

Gatwick's rail capacity is set to be almost tripled by 2035, with over 50 trains an hour departing in all directions. The reach of the network will be extended to serve over 150 stations directly, with more than 1,000 stations reached with only one change.