Gatwick Airport in the UK has secured a £53m ($84m) fund to upgrade its railway station, as part of its infrastructure development programme.
The upgrade will include a new platform, improved passenger circulation on platforms 5 and 6 through the replacement of an existing stairway with an escalator, and the installation of a new lift.
The project will also include upgrading the track and signalling to improve performance and reliability of trains passing through and travelling to and from Gatwick Airport.
Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate said: “Of all the London airports Gatwick’s rail link, with the non-stop Gatwick Express, provides the fastest route into central London and over 30% of our air passengers use this vital service.”
Work to finalise the design of the project will start immediately with the relocation of the substation due to commence in 2011, while the entire project will finish by the end of 2013.
Gatwick Airport will invest £7.9m ($12.5m) for the upgrade, while the remaining £44.9m ($71m) will come from Network Rail.
The airport is investing nearly £1bn ($1.5bn) until early 2013 to modernise the airport facilities.