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Bus access through Gatwick improved with a £3.8 million upgrade
A transport hub - used by 3 million people each year - that links the local bus network with Gatwick Airport and its train station received a boost today after the completion of a £3.8 million upgrade.
Improvements include two new lifts from the southbound road-level bus stops on the A23 into the South Terminal - and Gatwick's train station - for people travelling with luggage, parents with pushchairs and passengers with reduced mobility. Further improvements have been made to the bus stop areas on both the northbound and southbound A23, including new pedestrian and wheelchair accessible routes, new seating and improved lighting and signage in and out of the terminal. New help points have also been installed with the live information screens also updated.
The new infrastructure improves an important transport hub for local passengers who arrive by bus and for workers employed at the airport and Manor Royal Business District. Over 650 bus departures currently operate from the hub, each week including high frequency, 24-hour services connecting the airport to Horley, Redhill and Horsham, with other services linking to East Grinstead and Reigate.
The improvements are designed to offer more sustainable public transport options and were funded as part of the airport's £1.1 billion capital investment programme, with future investment assigned to improvements in rail services, walking routes and bus facilities in the North Terminal. The investment will help the airport achieve its target of getting nearly half of passengers (48%) to the airport by public transport and 42% of staff by sustainable methods, including public transport, car share and zero emission vehicles.
Nick Hill, Metrobus Commercial Director, Metrobus said: "This is great news for millions of bus users each year as it makes the interchange with the terminal concourse and railway station so accessible, simple and quick, making it much more attractive for people to travel to the airport sustainably."