Volunteer gardeners needed

A message from Crawley Borough Council

Volunteer gardeners needed

Can you spare a few hours a week to keep Crawley Hospital looking bright and friendly?

We are looking for willing volunteers who can help to maintain the window boxes and the ‘Jim Smith Memorial Garden’.

Tasks will include:

  • Watering
  • Sweeping
  • Weeding
  • Tidying
  • Planting

People who are ill can greatly benefit from positive and natural surroundings as well as the wellbeing of staff, carers, family and friends.

If you think you would be interested then please contact:
email lmarginson@aol.com
phone 01293 438444
website www.crawley.gov.uk/dfc

Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall
The Boulevard
Crawley
RH10 1UZ
phone 01293 438444
email claire.stark@crawley.gov.uk
website www.crawley.gov.uk

Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade

A message from Network Rail

Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade

The transformation of Gatwick Airport station has moved an important step closer after a planning application was submitted for a major redevelopment.

Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, has submitted proposals to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience at the station, which serves 19m passengers a year – up from 7.5m 20 years ago.

The proposals submitted to Crawley Borough Council aim to reduce crowding at the station, improve passenger flow and provide better connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.

Proposed improvements include:

  • almost doubling the size of the rail station concourse
  • eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow
  • widening platforms 5 and 6 to reduce overcrowding
  • better connections to the south terminal with improved passenger information
  • an attractive new roof structure

The proposals will accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036.

“The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Mainline – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.

“Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”

John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route

“The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.

“More than a million local commuters and business people also use the station each year and will benefit from this fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub.

“The new station also complements the transformation of train services at Gatwick. Later this year trains will start leaving Gatwick for London with tube-like frequency – every three minutes – and new direct services will start to Cambridge and Peterborough for the first time ever.”

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer, Gatwick Airport

“Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London. Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital

“The growing popularity of Gatwick and its increasing passenger numbers is a real positive for the airport and the station. This news highlights plans to significantly enhance the customer experience and ensure the station meets the changing demands of the airport and its customers, and it will be greatly welcomed by our passengers and our teams that work at the station and airport.”

Stephen Maccallaugh, GTR’s Head of Gatwick Express

Indicative project timeline
Crawley Borough Council will determine the planning application in spring 2018.
Funding parties will make a final decision on the project in autumn 2018.
Construction begins in 2019.
Project completion in 2022.

The project is subject to planning permission and a final decision by all funding parties.

Crawley observer – Gatwick News

Transformation plans for Gatwick Airport’s railway station
10th April 2018 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Joshua Powling
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk

Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, is looking to reduce congestion and improve travellers’ experiences at the station, which serves 19m passengers a year, up from 7.5m 20 years ago.

The proposals, which have been submitted to Crawley Borough Council, also seek to provide better connections between the station, airport terminals and other travel destinations. The station’s concourse would be almost doubled in size, platforms five and six would be widened, a new roof structure would be built, connections to the south terminal will be improved, and eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways will be provided. The project is subject to planning permission being secured from CBC and a final decision by all funding parties.

Construction could begin as soon as 2019 with completion estimated at 2022.John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route, said: “The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Main Line – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.

Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Gatwick Airport, added: “The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.

More than a million local commuters and business people also use the station each year and will benefit from this fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub.” Jonathan Sharrock, chief executive at Coast to Capital, said: “Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London.

Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”Stephen MacCallaugh, Govia Thameslink Railway’s head of Gatwick Express, added: “The growing popularity of Gatwick and its increasing passenger numbers is a real positive for the airport and the station.

This news highlights plans to significantly enhance the customer experience and ensure the station meets the changing demands of the airport and its customers, and it will be greatly welcomed by our passengers and our teams that work at the station and airport.”Do you use the station regularly? Share your thoughts by emailing email the newsdesk.