Northern Runway Additional Focused Consultation

Gatwick has recently started a focused statutory public consultation on changes to its highway improvement proposals, which form part of the airport’s broader plan to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use, alongside its Main Runway.

The highway design changes are in response to feedback received during the Autumn 2021 consultation on the airport’s Northern Runway plans.  The new consultation will run for just over six weeks, until 11:59pm on Wednesday 27 July 2022.  Full details of the revised plans for the roads around the airport can be found at and include:

  • A significant redesign of the original plan for the North Terminal junction
  • The addition of a new lane westbound over the Brighton main rail line
  • The addition of a third lane westbound to the A23 approaching Longbridge roundabout
  • The plans for the South Terminal roundabout remain largely unchanged

Gatwick has also today published updates – and is seeking feedback – on other aspects of its Northern Runway plan, following responses to the Autumn 2021 consultation.  These include:

  • Car Parking – a reduction of around 35% in the number of new car parking spaces proposed, compared with the previous proposal
  • Hotels – to meet the expected increase in demand, 1250 hotels rooms now proposed, compared to 1000 previously, including by converting the existing Destinations Place office block into a new hotel
  • Offices – single new office block proposed to compensate for loss of Destinations Place and to meet expected growth in demand for office space by other airport operators
  • Buses / travel – proposal to extend funding for local bus services used by staff and to include other incentives to make it easier for staff to travel to work sustainably

The airport’s proposal would see the Northern Runway brought into routine use, for departing aircraft, by repositioning its centreline further north by 12 metres – enabling dual runway operations with the Main Runway.  The Northern Runway could be operational by summer 2029.  The majority of the construction works associated with the airfield would be contained within the existing airport boundary and the cost of works – approximately £500m – will be privately financed.  The proposals are also low impact, are in line with Government policy of making best use of existing runways and would generate approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5bn annual GVA to the region.  The project will also be delivered in a sustainable way which helps the airport to meet its goal of zero airport emissions.

The press release can be found at the Gatwick Media Centre.  Materials to support Gatwick’s latest consultation – along with details on how to respond – are available at

Author: Lisa Thompson
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