Lift off for Gatwick Airport’s new inter-terminal shuttle

Last Thursday, 1 July, Gatwick Airport hosted an official ‘handover’ event to mark the completion of the new inter-terminal shuttle – the first major milestone in its £1 billion development programme.

The original inter-terminal shuttle at Gatwick was installed more than 20 years ago and was removed from service in September last year having completed more than two and half million miles.

At a cost of £43 million, the project included the installation of a completely new shuttle system, new shuttle cars, refurbishment of the rubber track and transformation of the terminal stations. The new shuttle will speed up the passengers’ journey, taking just under three minutes to travel between terminals. Further benefits also include: extra seating; live journey information; greater security with monitored onboard CCTV cameras and full access for passengers with reduced mobility.

Gatwick’s Director of Capital Projects, Ray Melee confirmed its £1 billion investment programme is a top priority for Gatwick.

“Delivering this significant project two months early, is a reflection of how well the Gatwick team and our construction partners worked together to make sure our passengers can enjoy a great experience at the airport this summer.

“Airports are complex environments to work in, the shuttle had to meet the challenges of maintaining the highest level of safety at all times, while also minimising disruption to our passengers journeys through Gatwick – I’m proud of what we have achieved,” added Ray.

Costain Infrastructure Managing Director, Darren James said, “Costain is delighted to be handing over the inter-terminal shuttle and station as part of its North Terminal Interchange project.

“This is a complex project, that involved us working without impacting on a fully operational airport and included the erection of 900 tonnes of structural steel and 5,000m2 of an inflatable roof. In addition ten lifts, two escalators and two 75 metre inclined conveyors.” added Darren.

Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “This is an important milestone as we compete to make Gatwick, London’s airport of choice for passengers and airlines. It is a testament to the hard work and skill of the teams involved that the new inter-terminal shuttle will be up and running for passengers, two months ahead of schedule and in time for the busy summer period ahead.

“It’s by investing in new facilities that Gatwick will go from strength to strength.”


  1. Wow, 2 and a half million miles. Was just interested so I looked how far the moon is from us, and that shuttle has covered that distance 10 times!

    There’s no doubt that Gatwick would be much harder to navigate without it.

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