An update on the Gatwick Station Project September 2023
Published: 06 Sep 2023
The Gatwick Station upgrade is continuing to make great progress as we head towards the final stages of the project.
The recent developments include the installation of new customer information screens on the overbridges that link platforms 1 and 2 and 3 and 4, the installation of track heating systems to protect the new Gatwick track layout and the works on the main roof of the new concourse is nearing completion.
Take a look at the latest timelapse video showing progress on the external works.
You can find out more about the project and how it is improving the passenger journey on the Network Rail website.
One of the tower cranes that has been used on the project since 2020 has been successfully removed from site. This tower crane, which was situated within the new airport entrance concourse is no longer needed and marks a big step towards the completion of the project.
The crane was involved in many aspects of the project including lifting materials for the platform 5 & 6 overbridges, the airport entrance and the new escalators.
The removal of the crane took place over two days and involved a great deal of co ordination and collaboration between the project team and Gatwick Airport. Traffic management was put in place on the forecourt and lower forecourt, allowing the roads to be closed while the lifting was taking place.
Two smaller cranes were brought in to dismantle the tower crane and the pieces were then lifted onto a large lorry and removed from site.
Completion of this critical milestone is allowing the project to progress with the remaining activities in the area in preparation for the final roof activities.
Check out this timelapse video showing the removal of the crane.
Following the successful removal of one of the tower cranes the project made use of the mobile crane to begin works to encapsulate the hole left in the roof to protect the concourse from the elements.
Whilst one team were hard at work installing the ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) pillows for the main roof of the new concourse, another filled the deck void with concrete so that flooring and MEPT (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Technology) activities could begin.
A further four new customer information screens (CIS) have been installed within the overbridges leading to platforms 1 and 2 as well as 3 and 4.
These new screens display the times and platform of the next departing trains and have been welcomed by both station staff and passengers as they provide timely information for those moving between platforms.
Installation of the new queuing system has been successfully completed in the station entrance. The newly installed Tensa barriers can be easily amended by the station staff to provide a safe and organised queuing system very quickly. These new flexible barriers complement the modern look of the recently refurbished station concourse.
One of the local charities the project supports is Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice in Arundel that provides care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions in Sussex and South East Hampshire. Members of the project team visited Chestnut Tree House recently to see what the hundreds of individual donations from the team has helped to provide.