Gatwick is already the best rail connected airport in Britain, linking more people to more destinations than any other airport.
With over 17 million passengers per year, or 40% of our total passengers, choosing to travel to the airport by rail, it is important passengers can get to and from the airport in an easy, hassle-free way. Because of its compact and intuitive layout, Gatwick offers a faster and better experience for passengers and allows for the rapid movement of passengers through the airport from kerb to gate.
Gatwick has a proud rail history and was the world's first airport to have a direct train link with a dedicated, integrated rail station.
Gatwick now has the largest catchment area by rail of any UK airport, with 15 million people able to access the airport within 60 minutes.
To make it even easier and quicker for passengers to get to the airport, Gatwick and our rail partners and are in the midst of a rail revolution which will bring about tube like frequency to rail services and ensure Gatwick remains the UK’s best connected airport by rail.
The initial steps of this rail revolution are already underway following the introduction of Oyster and contactless fare payments in January 2016 and the rollout of 108 new Gatwick Express carriages.
But this is just the start and with planned investment, including the £6.5 billion Thameslink programme which will boost South East rail connectivity more than any other planned rail scheme, and projects to improve resilience and the quality of rail services, Gatwick is well on track to be railway-ready for a second runway by 2020, five years before a second runway at Gatwick could be open. All of this changes will result in:
- New Thameslink trains by 2018
- Connections to Crossrail at Farringdon in 2019
- Capacity on rail services to Gatwick to double by 2020 and nearly treble by 2035
- A train to central London every 2.5 minutes by 2025
- New twice hourly direct connections to Peterborough and Cambridge from 2018
This investment, alongside additional capacity, will serve our existing passengers, support growth across the region and benefit local rail users.