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Woman dies at Three Bridges Station, Crawley after being hit by train



Shortly after 9am this morning, 14th Oct, paramedics were called to Three Bridges station in Crawley after reports of an incident on the track.

On arrival the BTP (British Transport Police) were called alongside to assist.

Unfortunately a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are now working to identify the woman and get in touch with her family.

The station has since been closed with limited access to the ticket office and the drop off area has been closed off to traffic.

The drop off area to the station has been closed off.

The car park remains open and there are buses now in operation to assist travellers.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police said:

“Shortly after 9am this morning (14/10) officers were called to Three Bridges station after reports of a casualty on the tracks. Paramedics also attended however a person has sadly been pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are now working to identify her and inform her family. This incident is not currently being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

As a result of the incident there is now major disruption to the line between Horsham/Haywards Heath and Gatwick Airport. This disruption is expected untill about 16:00.

Southern Rail say that:

Trains between Haywards Heath / Horsham and Gatwick Airport are extremely limited. This incident is affecting trains running both northbound (towards London) and southbound (away from London).

Your journey between the South Coast or Horsham and Redhill, Purley, East Croydon or Central London will be severely disrupted. If you can use an alternative route, or delay your journey until later, please do so.

Trains are likely to have major delays, and may be revised to call at fewer stations or terminated before they reach the area. Please listen carefully to all station and onboard announcements.

If you are travelling to Gatwick Airport for a flight, please leave extra time for your journey. Some trains can still run between London and Gatwick Airport, but these are very limited. Most Gatwick Express services will be cancelled until further notice.

If you are travelling to or from Three Bridges, please be aware this station is not currently being served. You will need to use another station or a local bus service.

Ticket acceptance and alternative routes:

You may use Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink services interchangeably with tickets which are usually restricted. However, services run by all three of these operators will be affected.

You may also use:

  • Southeastern between Hastings, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Central London
  • South Western Railway between Portsmouth, Southampton, Wimbledon, Clapham Junction and London Waterloo (please be aware SWR services are severely disrupted on some routes)
  • Greater Anglia services between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street (please consider this option if you are affected by disruption to Brighton-Cambridge services)
  • Great Western Railway between Redhill, Reigate, Dorking Deepdene and Guildford (to connect with SWR services at Dorking (Main) and Guildford, and Southern services at Dorking (Main) )
  • London Overground on any reasonable route
  • LNER services between Stevenage and London Kings Cross (please consider this option if you are affected by disruption to Horsham-Peterborough services)
  • Metrobus between Horsham / Brighton, Crawley, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport and Redhill (including Route 100)
  • Brighton & Hove Buses between Worthing, Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne
  • London Underground services on any reasonable route across Central London (including the Victoria Line between Victoria and Kings Cross St Pancras and the Northern Line between London Bridge and Kentish Town)
  • Tramlink between Wimbledon and central Croydon
  • London Buses between Redhill, Purley, Croydon and Central London (including Route 405 from Redhill, Merstham, Coulsdon South and Purley)
  • Stagecoach Route 700 between Brighton, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Chichester and Portsmouth
  • Compass Travel on Route 100 between Pulborough and Horsham


Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.



A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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