Gatwick Airport station is undergoing a momentous £150m transformation to relieve crowding, improve accessibility and reduce delays for commuters and leisure travellers across the South East.
RTM’s Editorial Lead Ailsa Cowen spoke to Stephen MacCallaugh, Gatwick Express General Manager, and Catriona Taylor, Scheme Project Manager, to find out where the project is up to, what they are doing in terms of accessibility and what the developments will mean for the future.
When the first lockdown began back in March, the project took advantage of the lack of passengers and pressed on with construction, but was it the right decision?
Catriona explained that early on they realised there were numerous third-party suppliers who wouldn’t be able to commit to coming to the site, meaning they had to assess and find alternative ways to ensure how they could continue with the programme without delays.
“GTR reduced their timetable, giving us more access, which meant we could look at platform 7 again and continue with demolition activities,” she said.