Gatwick Airport’s train station has reached a new milestone in its upgrade project after breaking ground on the next stage of works.

Major building works have now started on the second concourse, which will tower above existing platforms, double the space for passenger use and create a new gateway to the airport.

The newest construction work is the latest step of the upgrades currently taking place at the station, with plans to create wider platforms and improve pedestrian flow. It is hoped that these changes will make journeys from the train to the plane easier, generating a more reliable train service and benefitting rail users, commuters and airport passengers.

Jonathan Pollard, chief commercial officer at Gatwick Airport, said: “Work starting on the new station concourse means we’re edging closer to offering passengers a completely transformed railway station with a seamless transition into the airport, with more lifts, escalators and a doubling in the total size of the concourse.

“The new station will also complement huge improvements to rail services at the airport in recent years which together encourage more people to use public transport – a sustainable form of travel.”

The expanded and improved train station is expected to be complete in 2023.