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Petition almost doubles overnight as residents fight back against planned loss of right turn from Three Bridges Station

Three Bridges Station has had plans awaiting approval for a large renovation of the station, parking and access ways.

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Artist impression of what the station access could look like.

Since the proposals were announced many residents noticed how the right hand turn from the station was to be removed.

According to the proposals drawn up, the planners had deemed that not enough people left the station in an easterly direction and that those that did would now only have to drive almost up to a mile in order to access a roundabout and return in the direction they originally wanted.

The proposal states that any right (east) turn out of the station will no longer be made available and those wishing to head in that direction will now have two choices. The first will be to drive all the way Haslett Ave and go around the Holiday Inn and Harvester before coming back on yourself, whilst the alternative is to head down Hazelwick Ave and use the rounabout outside Tesco to turn around.

Whilst the proposal suggests this would only add minutes to a journey it does not state how much extra this would cost those using taxis or the added fuel cost that would add up with every day use.

A epetition against this change went live on Crawley Council’s website and by the 5th Jan had amassed over 300 signatures. But in just under 24hrs this number has risen to over 650.

The changes in the proposal are scheduled for a debate in the next full council which is scheduled in Febuary before it will then head for a final decision.

The full proposal document can be viewed by clicking here.

The epetition against the proposed loss of right hand turn is available here.

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Crawley Council want your views on helping tackle traffic and transport issues

Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet approved plans for a public consultation on New Directions for Crawley, the draft Crawley Transport Strategy, on Wednesday 15 January.

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Crawley Borough Council is committed to enabling healthier and more sustainable transport options, working with West Sussex County Council and other partners to help to tackle traffic congestion and make our streets safer and more attractive.

Crawley Borough Council is developing a strategy to improve how we travel around the town and the choice of transport options for residents and visitors.

You can share your views on New Directions for Crawley, the new draft transport and access strategy.

The strategy proposes a vision of a walkable town along with improved sustainable public transport, car clubs and safecycling, using a mix of innovative and integrated transportfacilities to serve everyone’s needs.

It has been drafted as part of the local response to the climate emergency, which Crawley Borough Council declared at its Full Council meeting in July 2019.  

The council is asking residents to share their thoughts and ideas on the draft document, with the goal of ensuring proposals meet the needs of residents and visitors.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“It is really important for the council to hear your views on this draft strategy. “Transport is now recognised as the biggest single contributor to carbon emissions, which in turn causes climate heating.  It can also cause poor air quality and biodiversity loss. 

“We are all aware of the urgency for action on the climate crisis. This is a chance for residents to find what’s possible and to give us their thoughts on ways to improve access for everyone, to reduce congestion and pollution and improve health in our town.”

Residents can provide feedback to the draft Transport Strategy from 20 January to 9am on 17 February 2020 online at www.crawley.gov.uk/consultations or directly by email to NewDirections@crawley.gov.uk

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