Despite the impact of Covid19, the £150 million Gatwick Airport station upgrade met its first major milestone last month, successfully taking platform 7 out of use to enable the start of the main works.
Thanks to innovative ways of working within Covid-19 social distancing safeguards Network Rail has stayed on track with the project, which will relieve overcrowding, improve accessibility and reduce delays for millions of passengers every year.
The station, which serves passengers using Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express, is a vital part of infrastructure for the airport and the economy once people start to travel again.
When the upgraded station opens in 2023, there will be wider platforms and improved step-free access, five new lifts and eight new escalators. Works will double the concourse area, which will make journeys from the train to the plane much easier.
The project is being managed by Network Rail and delivered by Costain, in partnership with the Department for Transport and Govia Thameslink Railway. Gatwick Airport Ltd and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37 million and £10 million respectively.
Click here for a video of the works at Gatwick