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Gatwick Airport Station could double in size as £150m upgrade announced

Tens of millions of rail passengers travelling to and from Gatwick Airport will benefit from improved accessibility and swifter journeys, after the Department for Transport (DfT) announced a £150 million scheme to upgrade the station.

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The renovation will reduce train delays caused by platform overcrowding and congestion, while also improving passenger experience by providing easier connections to other destinations.

Planned upgrades will include doubling the size of the station concourse, adding five new lifts and eight escalators to improve passenger flow, and widening two platforms to reduce overcrowding.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“With 46m people now using Gatwick Airport every year and 20m coming by train, it is vital that we make the station more accessible and customer friendly for those travelling through it. The UK’s second largest airport has direct rail links to more than 120 destinations and is an important public transport hub.

“We want to see Gatwick Airport’s success continue to flourish and ensure that it is ready for even more passengers in the future. Through this £150 million investment, we will deliver vital upgrades to boost the station’s capacity and provide better, seamless journeys for all.”

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport 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, more lifts, escalators and a doubling in the size of the concourse.

“The new station will complement the huge improvements to rail services at the airport, which include new fleets of Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains and services that now leave the airport for London every three minutes – as frequently as services on the tube.

“The project is a fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world-class transport hub that will comfortably manage the expected growth in air passengers and also encourage people to switch to rail as part of our push to get more people to travel to the airport by public transport.” 

The number of people using Gatwick Airport station each year has grown by six million since 2010. Currently the station is not designed for the high volume of daily passengers, often carrying bulky luggage.

The renovation will be managed by Network Rail, in partnership with DfT. Gatwick Airport Ltd and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37m and £10m respectively.

Paul Harwood, Director of Investment for Network Rail, said:

“The transformational enhancement to Gatwick Airport station will provide passengers with a much smoother and more pleasant experience and also reduce train delays.

“Along with the recent improvements on the Brighton Main Line and our record £4.3 billion funding settlement for maintaining, operating and renewing the railway over the next five years, this investment is excellent news for passengers, businesses and the economy.”

Patrick Verwer, Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, said:

“This much-needed scheme will deliver real benefits for passengers thanks to enhanced platforms, new lifts and a larger concourse. At such a busy station these upgraded facilities will significantly contribute to the smooth running of our services for travellers getting to and from the airport.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:  

“If our economy is to grow, we need a transport network that supports faster, more reliable, and less polluting journeys for business, leisure and freight travel. Gatwick airport is an international destination and its station is a gateway to London and the wider Coast to Capital area.

“This plan will greatly improve the interchange for commuters, visitors and business which will support the sustainable growth of the area with Gatwick airport at its heart.

“We are delighted to have contributed £10 million and look forward to working with partners to deliver a better experience for passengers.”

The improvement works will start in Spring 2020 and will take around two years to complete. The works will be sequenced to ensure minimum disruption.

The government is investing a record £48bn to modernise the country’s rail network and deliver significant improvements in performance, punctuality and capacity.

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Norwegian celebrates anniversary at Gatwick with flights to the USA for less than £137?

Norwegian celebrates five years of low-cost long-haul at London Gatwick with 15% reduced fares from under £140

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Norwegian today marks five years of operating long-haul flights at London Gatwick which has transformed the transatlantic market and benefitted UK consumers with lower fares. To mark the occasion, Norwegian is launching a special four-day sale from 4 – 8 July 2019 on all long-haul routes to the USA, Brazil and Argentina in economy and Premium at www.norwegian.com/uk/offers/flash-sale

Voted Skytrax 2019 Best Low-Cost Long-Haul airline, Norwegian has placed London Gatwick at the heart of its long-haul operation, where the airline flies more than 1.5 million passengers each year to 11 US cities, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. July 2014 marked the start of Norwegian’s long-haul expansion into the USA from London Gatwick with its first US route to Los Angeles on 2 July 2014, quickly followed by new routes to New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale in the same week.

In celebration of five years of long-haul operations at the airport, Norwegian is giving consumers the chance to book flights at a 15 per cent* discount from Gatwick to all USA destinations, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in economy and Premium.

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Customers must enter campaign code: 5YEARS to apply a 15 per cent* discount for travel between 1 September 2019 – 31 March 2020, excluding the blackout period16 December 2019 – 9 January 2020. Flights are subject to availability and the discount is applicable to LowFare, LowFare+ and Premium* tickets.

Bjorn Kjos, CEO at Norwegian said:

“We saw an opportunity five years ago to bring low-cost long-haul to London Gatwick and really make positive changes to the transatlantic market. Since then, many carriers have been forced to raise the bar and lower fares to compete with us which proves we have unlocked a viable market.

“Consumers today are now better off as we’ve given millions of people the opportunity to travel to the USA and beyond, while maintaining exceptional levels of quality and service on board modern aircraft that reduce our impact on the environment.

“I would like to thank Gatwick Airport and my dedicated colleagues for supporting the first five years of our long-haul growth and ensuring that Norwegian can continue to build on this solid foundation to make low-cost long-haul a success in the future.”

Stewart Wingate, CEO at Gatwick Airport said:

“The five years since Norwegian launched its first transatlantic route from Gatwick have seen the airport experience a low-cost long-haul revolution. Spearheaded by Norwegian, the number of low-cost long-haul routes available from Gatwick has quadrupled since 2014, and the number of passengers travelling on these routes has grown by 43 per cent in the last year alone. Indeed, one in five of our passengers are now long-haul travellers.

“Making the world’s most exciting destinations accessible to more Gatwick passengers than ever before, and significantly boosting trade and tourism opportunities for our local area, have been some of the airport’s biggest successes in recent years. We’re looking forward to working with Norwegian and other carriers in the future to continue the meteoric growth in global connections that has made Gatwick such a vital piece of infrastructure for local communities and the UK as a whole.”

Gatwick has fast become a strategic long-haul hub in Norwegian’s global network that fosters connectivity and direct services for passengers to around 150 global destinations.

Norwegian has grown its London Gatwick base to more than 1,500 pilots and cabin crew today. The airline’s UK subsidiary, Norwegian UK, is based at Gatwick and its fleet comprises the airline’s newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft deliveries. These aircraft have an average age of six months and are the most environmentally friendly aircraft serving Gatwick.

The airline commenced the rollout of free and premium high-speed Wi-Fi on its 787 Dreamliners this year that allows Gatwick passengers to be the first in the world to experience free Wi-Fi for the full duration of long-haul flights. Norwegian’s newly launched gate-to-gate Wi-Fi service provides customers with connectivity the moment they step on board Wi-Fi enabled 787 Dreamliners.

Timeline of Norwegian’s long-haul growth at London Gatwick

2013

  • Opens London Gatwick base

2014

  • July – Launches first long-haul routes to Los Angeles, New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale

2015

  • Norwegian UK subsidiary is established at Gatwick

2016

  • Commenced the first-ever direct flight between the UK and Puerto Rico
  • Established long-haul routes to Boston, Las Vegas and Oakland
  • Norwegian UK receives first 787-9 Dreamliner

2017

  • Launched the world’s longest low-cost route to Singapore and launched Denver and Seattle flights
  • Norwegian UK receives final approval by US DoT for transatlantic operations
  • Sir Freddie Laker becomes a British Tail Fin hero

2018

  • Records fastest transatlantic flight since Concorde from New York to Gatwick
  • New routes to Buenos Aires, Chicago, Austin and Tampa launch

2019

  • Starts flights to Rio de Janeiro – first low-cost flights to Brazil, Miami and San Francisco
  • Becomes first low-cost airline to roll out free Wi-Fi on long-haul routes at Gatwick

Fun facts about Norwegian at London Gatwick

  • 8,500+ Flights completed
  • 4.9 million+ Passengers flown
  • 1.2bn+ km flown
  • 15 per cent lower emissions
  • 156,000+ Upgrades purchased
  • 3.5 million+ Meals served
  • 56,000+ tons Cargo flown

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