Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, has submitted proposals to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience at Gatwick Airport station, which serves 19m passengers a year – up from 7.5m 20 years ago.

As Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport, explained: “The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much-improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station. The new station also complements the transformation of train services at Gatwick. Later this year trains will start leaving Gatwick for London with tube-like frequency – every three minutes – and new direct services will start to Cambridge and Peterborough for the first time ever.”