Crawley Borough Transport Strategy (2022 – 2036)

The Draft West Sussex Transport Plan (2022-2036) outlines the current transport networks within West Sussex and the potential aspirations for future changes and needs. Every district has short, medium and long term changes outlined for all modes of transportation.

Crawley Borough is the second smallest district in West Sussex, and is almost entirely urban. The town is split into 14 distinct residential neighbourhoods, and in addition includes Manor Royal; the industrial area, as well as including Gatwick Airport. Crawley has some excellent transportation for all modes of transport. For road access, the M23 runs along its Eastern and Southern edges. The town also has dual carriageway connections to Horsham via the A264, and to Horley via the A23. The town also has some dual carriageways within it such as the A23, A2011 & A2220. For Rail it is served by two railways, The London to Brighton Mainline has stops at Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges where the Arun Valley line connects and has further stations at Crawley & Ifeild. Crawley also has a very good bus network with a regular service covering all neighbourhoods. Crawley also has a developed cycle network in comparison with the rest of the county, although most is in a poor state. The town also has London Gatwick Airport.

Issues Highlighted by plan

  1. Congestion on the A23 / A2011 Crawley Avenue during peak periods
  2. Congestion on the M23 during peak periods
  3. Congestion on the A264 during peak periods
  4. Rat-running on less suitable routes to avoid congestion
  5. Cycle network is primarily on highway and discontinuous and does not meet user needs
  6. Traffic-related air quality management area at Hazlewick which is expected to be extended to Three Bridges Station
  7. Congestion for buses using and exiting the bus station which is at capacity

Short term priorities (2022-2027)

  • Bus Priority at various signal-controlled junctions
  • Crawley Rail Station upgrade
  • Three Bridges Station Interchange improvements
  • Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade
  • Horsham to Crawley cycle route
  • On-street electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • A2011 Crawley Avenue – Balcombe Road Link
  • A2011 Hazlewick Junction (including shared transport & active travel facilities)
  • A2011 Tushmore Junction (including shared transport & active travel facilities)
  • Air Quality Action Plan measures in Hazlewick

Medium term priorities (2027 – 2032)

  • Crawley Western Link Road (including shared transport & active travel facilities)
  • Further cycle routes identified in LCWIP
  • On-street electric vehicle charging infrasturue in remaining areas

Long term priorities (2032 – 2036)

  • Potential local highway capacity enhancements (subject to need)

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