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Leaders celebrate completion of £60m major work improving Manor Royal access – 1 month before major road works start!

The main work may have been completed and the entrance to and from Manor Royal is all clear but in April 4 days of roadworks will bring chaos.



Pictured, Lynn Hainge, Economic Regeneration Manager, Crawley Borough Council, Steve Sawyer, Executive Director, Manor Royal BID, Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, Juliet Harshaw, Principal Engineer, Waterman Group, Bertie Spark, Engineer, Waterman Group, and Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council

Timing probably could have been better.

After a long period of extensive development and works there has been much celebration from the team at Manor Royal BID.

With ‘smart enhancements’ including landscaping with new trees, public art and formalised car parking in front of the Bank Precinct there has been such a flurry of activity that commuters cannot have failed to have noticed the improvements.

But whilst all this activity should be celebrated it does not meant the work in the area has actually finished.

In-fact, possibly the worst bit of road works is yet to come in April.

A large number of commuters who use the turning from Gatwick Road into Manor Royal are about to be led on a jaunt around the area to avoid closure of the first part of Manor Royal itself.

Manor Royal BID say that around 30,000 vehicles travel between Gatwick Road, Hazelwick flyers and the Manor Royal roundabout EVERY day! So that’s thousands and thousands of cars now being diverted through roads that never see anywhere near that number.

The dates to avoid all these problems are 9th- 12th April. You can read the full details here.

But whilst the news is not great for commuters at least after it is all done there will be some normality returning to the area and with a better looking one for certain.


B&M to open on 13th April in County Mall Crawley and there are jobs available!

It will be the second B&M store for the town and will open in the former BHS site.



It will certainly be a welcome boost to the local economy as a brand new store opens in the town.

Opening at 9am on Saturday 13th April, more than 50 jobs are being created.

A spokesperson from B&M said:

“We’re feeling really positive about the creation of more jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.

“We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door in the a few weeks.”

Job roles are now advertised on the B&M careers website and range from sales assistant, to floor managers and cleaners.

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