Gatwick rail transformation continues as airport joins Oyster and Contactless network

Published on : Monday, January 11, 2016

Gatwick AirportThe launch of pay as you go Oyster and Contactless payments for Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services at London Gatwick Airport today marks yet another important milestone in the ongoing transformation of Gatwick’s rail services.


The introduction of Oyster and Contactless payments means a single ticketless system links Gatwick with the whole of Greater London so passengers can benefit from seamless connections to and throughout the capital.


This comes on top of the significant increase in rail capacity being delivered through Gatwick as a result of committed and planned projects to improve resilience and the quality of rail services to and from the airport. It also builds on the new partnership agreement between Gatwick and the train operator GTR, aimed at attracting more rail passengers, increasing rail mode share and enhancing passenger experience.


These improvements mean Gatwick airport will be railway-ready for a second runway by 2020, five years before a second runway at Gatwick could be open, and will result in:



Network Rail has confirmed that with already committed and planned improvements there will be enough rail capacity for airport passengers – even with a second runway – because Gatwick will continue to contribute only a small percentage of passengers during peak hours.


Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said:


This technology is a game-changer for passengers making journeys to and from Gatwick easier and ticketing considerably faster.


“And this is only the start, as Gatwick’s rail services are to be completely transformed over the next five years with new trains, a doubling of capacity, and a brand new Gatwick station.


“Independent assessment has shown that Gatwick will be railway-ready for a second runway by 2020 and Gatwick’s second runway plan can be built within 10 years of a Government decision.


“This means that, for the first time in decades, the UK has the opportunity to finally reap the benefits of airport expansion. Let’s get on and build it.”


*Gatwick Airport train station is to receive a major upgrade with a £120.5 million redesign transforming the station and passenger experience. Construction work is scheduled to start in 2017 and be completed by 2020. Passengers will experience a seamless transition between the airport and the new station. Improvements and new features include:



The improvements will allow the rail station to comfortably manage the projected growth in rail passengers, including meeting Gatwick’s target of 50% of air passengers travelling to and from the airport by rail by 2040.   


Source:- Gatwick Airport


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