Gatwick Airport is embarking on a multimillion pound programme to improve its station facilities.
The London travel hub has secured £53 million of funding, which will be used to provide better facilities for passengers and cut journey times.
Improvements due to be made include a new platform to enhance services on the main line to Brighton, an upgrade to the track and signal facilities to improve train performance and refurbished facilities on the station concourse.
Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick Airport, said that currently 30 per cent of passengers travel to the hub by train, adding that the Gatwick Express offers a faster route to the city centre than trains from all other London travel hubs.
Efforts are now underway to finalise the design, with major construction work due to begin in 2012. The project is expected to be completed in 2013.
Gatwick Airport already has the busiest airport station in the UK. Some 85 per cent of the passenger flying from the hub are domestic travellers.
Mr Wingate added: "We want to encourage more passengers to get to and from our airport by rail as it is the most environmentally sustainable form of transport."
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