ON JUNE 30, Gatwick Airport unveiled its new inter-terminal shuttle; the first major milestone in its £1 billion (US$1.52bn) modernisation programme aimed at providing a better experience for passengers as it works to become London’s ‘airport of choice’.
Bombardier Transportation Ltd, Costain Group and Vinci Construction presented the keys to Gatwick’s Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer and Ray Melee, Projects Director.
The original inter-terminal shuttle at Gatwick was installed more than 20 years ago and was removed from service in September last year having completed more than two and a half million miles.
With an investment of £43 million (US$65m), the project included the installation of a completely new shuttle system, new shuttle cars, refurbishment of the rubber track and transformation of the terminal stations.
The new shuttle will speed up the passengers’ journey, taking under three minutes to travel between terminals. Further benefits also include: extra seating; live journey information; greater security with monitored onboard CCTV cameras and full access for passengers with reduced mobility.
Gatwick’s Director of Capital Projects Ray Melee confirmed its £1 billion investment programme is a top priority.
“Delivering this significant project two months early is a reflection of how well the Gatwick team and our construction partners worked together to make sure our passengers can enjoy a great experience at the airport this summer.
“Airports are complex environments to work in, the shuttle had to meet the challenges of maintaining the highest level of safety at all times, while also minimising disruption to our passengers’ journeys through Gatwick – I’m proud of what we have achieved,” he added.
Working in partnership with Bombardier Transportation, the existing system was replaced with two new INNOVIA APM 100 automated three-car shuttles and included the electrical and mechanical equipment required for the 0.75-mile (1.2km) dual-lane system.