Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express have added disruption to their train services alongside ‘Covid-19’. The start of 2020 was the initial date for upgrading Gatwick Airport Station. The planned work is to help relieve over-crowding and improve accessibility as the current station often struggles to cope with passenger demand.
Since April/May of this year trains haven’t been able to use platform 7 which has shown the impact on what trains can stop at Gatwick. The railway companies that use the station already have in place a reduced timetable operating because of the coronavirus. Factoring in both the development work and the Covid 19 situation, Gatwick will have fewer trains serving the station than usual.
There has been a runway for planes to land at Gatwick since opening an aerodrome in the 1920s and commercial flights have been running since the 1930s – the first terminal that was erected was named ‘The Beehive’. Since its origins as a small aerodrome it is unrecognisible today with hundreds of people who pass through the site on a daily basis.
A Timeline of Planned Works as set out by Network Rail.
May 2020 – January 2021: Platform 7 closed.
January 2021 – November 2021: Platform 3 & 4 new lifts and stairways are installed.
January 2021 – May 2022: Platforms 5 & 6 will close.
June 2021 – May 2022: Concourse work beggins.
Project due to be complete during 2023.