The project is expected to reduce train delays caused by platform overcrowding and congestion, while also providing easier connections to other destinations.

Gatwick Airport is used by 46 million passengers per year, with 20 million now arriving by train. The airport station also forms an important transport hub, with direct rail links to more than 120 destinations.

The number of passengers using Gatwick Airport station each year has grown by 6 million since 2010, and DfT says the station is not currently designed for the high volume of daily passengers, often carrying bulky luggage.

The renovation will be managed by infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR), in partnership with the DfT. Gatwick Airport and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37m and £10m respectively.

The improvement works, which will start in spring 2020 and will take around two years to complete, will be sequenced to minimise disruption.

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