London's Gatwick Airport, second only to Heathrow in British air traffic, is in a hot competition with Heathrow for the right to build an additional runway to accommodate growing air traffic in Southeast Britain. Part of its strategy is to line up a vast series of improvements to its terminals and rail access.
The airport's operators (both fields are in private hands now) have laid out a billion-pound plan for new terminals, lounges, roadways and a major ($190 million) upgrade to its rail links to London; by 2025, when the airport hopes to have more than doubled its business, it anticipates direct trains to London every 2.5 minutes.
A government commission charged with siting the new runway is down to either Gatwick (whose single runway is Europe's busiest) or Heathrow (where two different proposals are on the table). Right now, the commission is taking feedback from interested parties; by next summer the die will have been cast. And the contentious arguments over appropriate development, noise and environmental impact will continue.