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Have your say on proposals around Three Bridges station in Crawley

Crawley Borough Council, in partnership with Govia Thameslink Railway, Network Rail and West Sussex County Council, has updated proposals to improve access to the site around Three Bridges Station and we want to know what you think.

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A revised detailed design for the scheme, part of the Crawley Growth Programme, takes into account the feedback from the public and stakeholders since the last consultation and additional traffic modelling exercise in July 2018 and February 2019. A new station entrance for pedestrians and cyclists, to serve residents who live to the east of the station, is envisaged as phase one of the scheme. 

The document containing full details of the revised proposal, including an artist’s impression of the forecourt and findings from the traffic modelling exercises, can be found at https://investcrawley.co.uk/development/three-bridges-station 

The council is hosting several information sessions for the public to attend:

  • Thursday 10 October, 4-7pm, Crawley Library
  • Saturday 12 October, 12 noon-4pm, County Mall
  • Tuesday 15 October, 6.30am-9.30am, Three Bridges Station
  • Tuesday 15 October, 5.30-7.30pm, Three Bridges Station
  • Thursday 17 October, 12 noon-4pm, Three Bridges Station

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development Councillor Peter Smith, said: “The feedback we received from the last consultation was invaluable in helping us review the detailed design proposals for the project. We’ve since undertaken additional traffic modelling works to ensure the feasibility of the new proposals and the supporting information will be available to view and discuss at the upcoming information sessions.

“This is an important project for the town, so I encourage residents to come along to an information session and find out more.”

Director of Business Development at Network Rail, John Gill, said:

‘We are pleased to be working with local councils and partners in pushing forward this potential scheme at Three Bridges station. The station itself provides step-free access to all platforms via lifts. We know that accessibility is important for passengers across all modes of transport and that’s why we are supportive of this scheme. Adding a second entrance to the station and strengthening the transport infrastructure in the station surroundings is vital as the population and local economy grows.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said:

“We are pleased to see this project moving forward – it’s an important project within the Crawley Growth Programme and we welcome the opportunity to hear feedback on the latest proposals.  I would encourage people to attend one of the information events, where they can hear more about the new proposals.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

“We continue to work closely with partners to improve railways across the Coast to Capital area and we are delighted to see plans progress for Three Bridges station. These upgrades will be crucial in improving the accessibility to the network and will greatly benefit the wider Crawley Growth Programme. We encourage local residents and businesses to have their say on the proposal.”

Feedback can be emailed to 3Bridges@crawley.gov.uk until Sunday 3 November.     

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Crawley housing development named after local soldier

A new housing development in the town centre has been named after a Crawley soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

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The Family of John Brackpool

The site of the former Kilnmead Car Park site, has been named John Brackpool Close in honour of Private John Brackpool. The development is home to 32 flats and five houses. The block of flats, has been named John Brackpool Court.

The family of Pte Brackpool, Council officers and members of the 4th Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, gathered together for an unveiling ceremony, which included readings from the Regiment’s Padre, poems and prayers.

The commemorative plaque was unveiled by Pte Brackpool’s mother, Carol, while young family members laid a remembrance wreath.

Pte John Brackpool was born in Crawley on 11 July 1981. He joined the Army and served with The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, during which time he deployed on operations to Kosovo and Iraq. He had left the Regular Army, but volunteered to serve with 1st Battalion Welsh Guards for a six-month operational tour to Afghanistan. He was killed on 9 July 2009 while on operations near Char-e-Anjir, just outside Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province, two days before his 28th birthday.

Speaking at the event, Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Ian Irvine, said:

“On behalf of the council I am delighted we have been able to honour the memory of Private Blackpool with the naming of this new development. This is a fitting tribute recognising his bravery and sacrifice and our thanks go out to his family for working with us, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment for putting together this special event and W Stirland for providing the plaque.”

Continuing this, Carol Brackpool said:

“I would like to thank the council and 4PWRR for making the day special. It was a sad but also very proud day. It’s lovely that John will be remembered.” Council developer partner, W. Stirland is developing the affordable rented housing, which are due to be completed by the end of October.

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