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Plans for 59 new apartments on former TSB site in Three Bridges, Crawley submitted

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Bellway has announced plans to build 59 new apartments on a derelict brownfield site in Crawley.

The housebuilder has submitted a planning application to Crawley Borough Council for the development after acquiring the 0.32-hectare site off Russell Way in Three Bridges.

The former TSB site which is now derelict land.

The land was previously occupied by TSB office buildings, which were demolished in 2000. Despite various proposals being put forward to redevelop the site the land has remained vacant ever since.

Bellway is planning to build 24 one-bedroom and 35 two-bedroom apartments within an L-shaped building which will be up to four storeys in height. Twelve of the homes will be provided as affordable housing and each apartment will have its own balcony or terrace.

A communal area will be provided on the roof of the building and an under-croft car park will deliver 40 car parking spaces. There will also be 81 bicycle spaces for residents and a further 22 short stay bicycle spaces.

Daniel Williamson, Head of Sales for Bellway South London, said:

“Our plans for the former TSB site will deliver a long-overdue regeneration of this brownfield land which has stood unused and derelict for more than two decades.

“Unlike some of the previous proposals which have been put forward for the site, our development represents a sensitively designed scheme which will enhance the character and appearance of the area while at the same time providing much-needed new homes for the borough.

“Located just over a mile from Crawley town centre, the development is within walking distance of a wide range of shops and services and with the provision of more than a hundred bicycle spaces it has been designed to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce carbon footprints by encouraging people to cycle to work and school.

“We’re pleased to have completed the purchase of this accessible and well-located site and, subject to planning approval, look forward to starting work on the first homes in Autumn 2020.”

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New two year train timetable for Gatwick is released as work on new station prepares to begin

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The £150m essential upgrade of Gatwick Airport station by Network Rail to relieve crowding, improve accessibility and reduce delays for commuters and leisure travellers across the South East will see Southern trains doubled in length along coastal routes to Eastbourne, Hastings, Worthing and Littlehampton.

A two-year temporary timetable to make space for the building work, due to start on 17 May and now available online to see, will provide much-needed relief for passengers on the congested coastal routes.

Additionally, Cooksbridge will have its first-ever all-week service as trains begin calling at the station on Sundays. This is a permanent change.

Also, on Saturdays, there will be an extra Thameslink service every hour between Brighton and Cambridge and the extension of an existing Sunday Cambridge to Gatwick Airport service through to Brighton. This will mean additional services at Brighton, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Balcombe, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, London Bridge and through to Cambridge.

Further changes to Southern and Gatwick Express services are also required. There will be no off-peak Southern services between Brighton and London Victoria, but passengers will be able to travel with Gatwick Express, using Southern’s Super Off-Peak and Kids for £2 fares, which will be eligible on these services.

In the busiest commuter hour in each of the morning and evening peaks, Gatwick Express services will stay the same. Outside this time there will be two fewer Gatwick Express trains each hour, but the remaining trains will be lengthened to compensate and, from the airport, there will still be six Southern trains every hour to Victoria and eight more Thameslink trains to London Bridge providing sufficient space.

Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink is committed to helping passengers with information around the changes and will be running a comprehensive awareness campaign in the coming months.

Passengers can meanwhile check details online at Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express websites. Trains are also be available to view in online journey planners at nationalrail.co.uk.

Angie Doll, Managing Director of Southern and Gatwick Express, said:

“With over 20m passengers now using Gatwick station every year, this upgrade is essential to address overcrowding, improve accessibility and maintain a sustainable, reliable and punctual rail service for visitors and commuters along the route.

“This revised temporary timetable will create room for the work at the station while doubling the length of trains along the coast and retaining as many services as possible, supplemented by additional longer trains, ensuring we still have the services and capacity for our passengers.

“Gatwick supports the economy of the entire South East, bringing international travellers and trade to the region worth £2.7bn, supporting 70,000 jobs.”

Emma Rees, Head of Surface Transport, Gatwick Airport, said:

“A £150m upgrade to Gatwick Airport station is essential to meet growing demand and to reduce delays on the Brighton Mainline and wider region by tackling overcrowding at the station. The size of the station concourse will double, and it will become much easier for passengers to access the railway and airport through wider platforms, five new lifts, eight new escalators, new staircases and a new station entrance.”

Paul Harwood, regional investment director for Network Rail, said:

“The continued popularity and convenience of travelling by rail to Gatwick Airport means the station is now seeing more passengers than it was ever designed to handle. With further growth forecast, the station is in urgent need of improvement so that rail travel to and from the airport can continue to grow and help Gatwick support the local economy even more.

“The timetable changes will enable this vital construction work, allowing us to make the station safer, more accessible and capable of supporting smoother journeys for more trains and passengers long into the future.”

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said:

“Gatwick Airport is the first stop for millions of people visiting the UK, and these upgrades will relieve overcrowding, improve accessibility and reduce delays for holidaymakers and commuters.

“We will closely monitor these works to ensure improvements are completed on time and passenger disruption is kept to a minimum.

“Once complete, the expanded, modern station will be an impressive gateway to Global Britain.”

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