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Reducing environmental impact & growing community programmes at the heart of their growth says Gatwick

The ‘Decade of Change’ tracks Gatwick’s progress on a series of sustainability goals and the report for 2018 – published yesterday- shows that the airport has reduced its environmental footprint and developed a strong programme of support for the local economy and local communities.

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The ten goals that make up the Decade of Change report are set over a ten-year period (2010 to 2020) and this year’s results include: 

  • Recycling and reuse increasing to 64%, with all empty coffee cups and plastics recycled and zero commercial and operational waste sent to landfill
  • Carbon emissions from ground energy are now 50% less than in 1990 which is halfway to net zero.  Aircraft emissions remained at 2017 levels and surface access emissions fell slightly
  • Gatwick’s contribution to the local economy saw 57% of Gatwick staff employed from the local area and £128 million spent with local and regional suppliers
  • Gatwick’s contribution to the local community included £192,248 raised for charity partners, 52 community events sponsored and 162 other local causes funded
  • Securing theWildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark certificate
  • Achieving44% of passengers arriving at the airport by public transport
  • Reducing the airport’s noise footprint by 7% in 2018, compared to the previous year
  • Reducing the airport’s water consumption by 5%, compared to 2018

In addition, Gatwick say they continue to operate well within annual air quality limits for NO2, PM10 and PM25. 

Sustainability has played a central role in Gatwick’s transformation since 2009 and the airport has a clear aim to be the UK’s most sustainable airport. 

The Decade of Change programme drives the airport’s sustainability targets and has seen Gatwick decouple growth from environmental impact by reducing the airport’s environmental footprint while passenger numbers have grown over 45% to over 46 million since 2009.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

“Our Decade of Change programme combines responsible environmental management with strong community programmes and has allowed us to grow while also reducing our environmental footprint.  We recognise that there is more to do and we will continue to strive in the years ahead on our journey to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.

“Achieving the aims of our Decade of Change programme involves real teamwork and thousands of airport staff have contributed to its success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played a part and I look forward to working together to achieve next year’s goals.”

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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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