The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced on Monday that Gatwick Airport’s “overcrowded” railway station is to be provided with a £150m overhaul.
Since 2010 passenger numbers travelling by train to the airport has grown by six million.
Chris Grayling the transport secretary told the Press Association, “The station is overcrowded. It’s got both rising demand from the airport but also rising demand from the surrounding area.
“There’s plans to build a business park alongside the airport. It’s absolutely essential that we have a station here that is fit for purpose.
“At the moment the concourse is too crowded, the platforms are too narrow.”
Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate said, “Gatwick has been transformed in recent years and the redesigned train station will take the airport’s redevelopment to the next level by providing a seamless transition between the airport and the station.”
Improvements to Gatwick station are due to commence in the spring of 2020 and will take two years to complete.
The DfT said that the works will be scheduled to “ensure minimum disruption” to passengers visiting Gatwick.