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Gatwick Airport reopening is welcome news to County Council

West Sussex County Council has welcomed the news that Gatwick Airport has resumed its North Terminal operations from this week despite the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

This is good news for the local economy, which has been severely impacted since the start of the pandemic in March.

The £150 million Gatwick Airport train station upgrade works have also continued throughout the lockdown period utilising innovative ways of working and social distancing safeguards, which has allowed the project to continue with little delay.

Bob Lanzer, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Corporate Resources, said: “Gatwick Airport is a thriving hub for business and travel in the north of the county and is a significant driver of growth for the regional economy, so we are delighted to hear that the North Terminal has now re-opened.

“It is also encouraging to hear that work is continuing on upgrading Gatwick Airport station. Network Rail’s progression with the project during these challenging times is a testament to their commitment to reduce the use of private cars by passengers and employees and encourage the use of public transport instead.”

Gatwick Airport station’s upgrade, due to complete in 2023, will include wider platforms, improved step-free access, five new lifts and eight new escalators.

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