Road and rail
In our submission to the Airports Commission we described our surface access strategy.
Gatwick is by far the best-connected UK airport by rail, with direct services to 129 stations. With future committed and planned improvements the airport will be directly connected to up to 175 stations by 2025 and to over 1,000 by a single interchange.
By 2025, Gatwick will have a train to London on average every 2.5 minutes in the peak and up to 50 trains per peak hour leaving Gatwick Airport station heading in all directions.
Nearly half (45%) of Gatwick’s customers already use public transport to get to the airport and the transformation to rail services at the airport will help this rise to at least 60% by 2040 with a new runway, comparable with the best globally and better than any major UK airport.
We will be investing in any required upgrades to key roads, including doubling the capacity at Junction 9 on the M23. Contrary to some media reports we do not believe that a congestion charge is needed to manage traffic to the airport. We have been working in partnership with key stakeholders including the Highways Agency to make sure that there is enough capacity on the road network to support an expanded Gatwick.