A new-look Gatwick Airport station has opened to passengers, transforming the journey from train to plane and making the journey between Brighton and London easier and faster.

A bigger, better and brighter station with a new, second concourse and airport entrance has now opened at Gatwick, doubling the space for the millions of passengers that use the airport’s station each year.

The first passengers to use the new concourse and airport entrance arrived on the 05.48 Thameslink Bedford to Brighton service on platform 7 on Tuesday, November 21.

Eight new escalators and five new lifts will improve accessibility. The new lifts and escalators, along with four new stairways and widened platforms, will help passengers move between the train station and the airport more quickly and easily.

The existing station concourse is bigger than ever, with new customer information systems, more ticket gates, and a dedicated passenger assistance point. It will now act as the new entrance for travellers accessing the airport terminal, while the existing concourse will be for those exiting. The existing station concourse, station footbridges and the South Terminal linkspan have been refurbished and reconfigured to provide a seamless one-way system to the airport from the train station.

Jonathan Pollard, chief commercial officer, London Gatwick, said: “From today, airport passengers travelling by train will have a dramatically improved experience as they pass through the bigger, better and brighter new station concourse. This fantastic new, fully accessible station concourse will encourage even more passengers to come to the airport using sustainable public transport.”

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