Published: 10 March 2023

From: Planning

Major plans to improve the area around Three Bridges Station were approved by Crawley Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday (7 March).

The council, working with Govia Thameslink Railway, Network Rail and West Sussex County Council, will redevelop the station forecourt, create a new entrance to the station from Station Hill and create a vibrant new space with excellent connectivity for all.

This scheme will be delivered through the Crawley Growth Programme and its ongoing £46m infrastructure investment in public realm, commercial space, public transport and active travel to help Crawley to grow sustainably and unlock business investment and thousands of new jobs.

Work is expected to start on site next year. 

The scheme will:

  • Improve the physical environment of the station forecourt area and taxi rank
  • Improve provision for picking up/dropping off passengers by car and taxi
  • Improve the transport interchange facilities, bus connectivity, pedestrian and cycle links
  • Improve access to the station by sustainable forms of transport
  • Improve passenger flow by creating a new entrance/exit point at platform 5
  • Review parking facilities at the station

The scheme will benefit all station users by creating:

  • A new pedestrian and cycle entrance from Station Hill, enabling people to purchase a ticket and access the rest of the station. This will cut down on journey times for those coming from Maidenbower and Pound Hill
  • Dedicated safe spaces for passenger and taxi drop-off and waiting areas and the introduction of cycle route provision at the front of the station
  • Increasing transport options for station users
  • A more welcoming, inviting and safer space for all to enjoy

These proposals follow public consultations in 2014, 2018 and 2019, extensive engagement with stakeholders, a detailed and wide-ranging traffic modelling exercise and an up-to-date traffic volumes analysis.

All station users will benefit from this major redevelopment scheme. Three Bridges Station is a major gateway into the town but the visual appearance currently lets it down; these improvements will transform the look of the area. This scheme is also an important part of our economic regeneration programme and will help with inward investment in the town.

Councillor Atif Nawaz

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development

Crawley Borough Council

This is excellent news for the area and an outstanding example of strong partnership working as part of the Crawley Growth Programme. The scheme aims to create much-needed improvements at this key hub station in the county, for the benefit of everyone who uses it.

Councillor Paul Marshall


West Sussex County Council