In July, Gatwick unveiled its master plan, last week it announced it is to examine options to enable it to build a second runway and now it has unveiled its Airport Surface Access Strategy outlining how it intends to improve existing infrastructure to accommodate its targeted growth.
Currently the airport handles around 34 million passengers a year, however, by 2030, it expects to see 45 million passengers pass through the airport.
Transport facilities, public transport, road networks, car parking spaces etc. will need to improve in order to sustain such growth.
With a possible 11 million extra passengers, Gatwick aims to encourage 40% of its non-transfer passengers to use public transport by the time it reaches the 40-million-passengers-per-year milestone. Currently, 35% of Gatwick passengers use train service to and from the airport – Gatwick offers direct train services to more than 120 rail stations (Heathrow offers six, Stansted 35).
Commenting on the strategy Julia Gregory, Head of Surface Transport, said: “With approximately 40 million passenger and staff journeys to and from the airport each year, the demand for travel to Gatwick is substantial. It is crucial that access continues to improve in order to support our sustainable growth from 34 to 45 million by 2030 and that we maintain our status as the most accessible airport serving London. Increasing accessibility from London and the wider catchment area, and improving existing infrastructure is key to this.
“We’ve worked closely with the Government, transport operators and stakeholders and continue to work together to ensure that we deliver a seamless journey for the passenger and that there are clear benefits to the local community and our environmental footprint.”
For more information on Gatwick’s Airport Surface Access Strategy visit www.gatwickairport.com/surfaceaccess