£50million grant to create Gatwick railway ‘gateway’

A £50million grant has been awarded to Gatwick Airport to help create a ‘world-class’ railway station.

The fund, which comes as part of the government’s revised National Infrastructure Plan, will be spent in conjunction with Network Rail for the airport’s railway redevelopment project - The Gatwick Gateway.

This is in addition to the airport’s ongoing £53m project to increase platform capacity which will be complete in early 2014.

The National Infrastructure Plan has outlined a number of measures to improve passenger access.

Measures include the provision of smart ticketing on the Gatwick to London route, on a trial basis. This allows people to download tickets instantly using smart phones

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s chief executive, said: “This new funding is a welcome and positive first step toward delivering the new Gatwick Gateway rail station.

“Gatwick currently has the highest percentage of passengers accessing the airport by rail of any UK airport and as we continue to grow the number of global routes served by legacy, charter and low cost airlines, the package of measures announced today will help us deliver a world-class passenger experience for Britons and visitors alike.”