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Works begins today as Three Bridges gets brightened up with new mural

In honour of the upgrading of Three Bridges Station, it was decided to create a mural on the theme of Railways, to be painted on the central pillar of the bridge at the station.



Local schools were approached for pictures and designs with Three Bridges Primary, Pound Hill Junior. Milton Mount and Maidenbower all responding to the request and forwarded art work from their students.

Work begins on the mural.

In the end five pictures were then selected and forwarded to the artist who selected one from each school.

The Artist is Lionel Stanhope who is experienced with producing such murals.

He devised a picture using excerpts from the pictures and work to paint this on the central pillar of Thre Bridges Station which will begin on 19th August.

Cllr Brenda Burgess who came up with the idea said:

“A huge thanks to  Network Rail for funding this project and to Mr Eddie Burton of Network Rail who helped to procure the funding. A huge thanks too to Lionel Stanhope who has undertaken this exciting project.”

At the same time as this project was being initiated, Oriel High School were asked to produce pictures for the station underpass on the theme of Journeys. This was a competition and two winners were chosen. One won a ride in the train simulator and the other won tickets to be used on the rail network.

Cllr Burgess added:

“Our thanks to all those involved in both projects and a special thanks to the children and staff from the various schools who participated. It is hoped to celebrate all the children’s work in the near future by displaying them locally,  probably at Gatwick. Meanwhile look out for the pictures from Oriel to be displayed along the Station Underpass and of course, look out for The Bridge Picture!”


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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