Gatwick will be road and rail ready for second runway in 7 years

Gatwick Airport has announced plans to be road and rail ready for a second runway by 2021.

The plans, which will see a complete transformation of the road and rail network to Gatwick, will be delivered at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

Already regarded as the best rail-connected airport in the UK – Gatwick was the first to have its own rail station – the planned improvements will see a train every 2.5 minutes from Gatwick to central London by 2019. By 2020, rail capacity to London will have increased by 10,000 every hour, double the current capacity, and by 2035 rail capacity is expected to almost treble.

Unveiling the transport plans, Hugh Sumner, senior transport advisor for London Gatwick, said, “Gatwick will be road and rail ready for a second runway by 2021 with no additional cost to the taxpayer. The ease at which these improvements can be delivered adds yet more weight to the obvious case for a new runway at Gatwick.

“Gatwick already has the highest proportion of passengers travelling by public transport and these improvements will help encourage even more. We want 60% of our customers to use public transport, comparable with the best globally and better than any UK airport.”

Key milestones in Gatwick’s public transport improvements:

  • 2014

    • Gatwick stations Platform 7 refurbished to help reduce delays
    • Government awards Thameslink rail franchise, which will operate rail services to Gatwick from London and the South-East, to Govia
    • M25 improvements between junctions 5 and 7
    • Oyster Card and contactless payment introduced at Gatwick Airport
  • 2015

    • Thameslink and Southern merge services under new Govia franchise
  • 2016

    • New, high-quality trains introduced on the dedicated non-stop Gatwick Express service to London Victoria
  • 2017
    • Victoria Station improvements
    • Redhill Station improvements, including new track and platform to reduce bottle necks on the lin
  • 2018
    • New Thameslink trains in operation between Gatwick and London Bridge, Farringdon, St Pancras/ King’s Cross and beyond
    • Introduction of longer, more frequent trains – moving from 14 peak hour trains from Gatwick to London to 18
  • 2019
    • Gatwick Airport Station redevelopment completed including new concourse
    • Controlled motorway improvements to M25 between junctions 7 and 8
  • 2020
    • Brighton Mainline re-signalling helping to improve reliability
    • New direct services introduced to Cambridge and Peterborough
  • 2021
    • Smart motorway improvements to M25 between junctions 8 and 10
  • 2030
    • Up to 24 trains per peak an hour from Gatwick to London
    • Almost all trains leaving Gatwick made up of 12 carriages
  • By 2035
    • Further improvements deliver nearly treble capacity from 2012 levels to 45,000 seats per peak hour.

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