Councillors have supported recommendations to fund improvements to safety and access at Three Bridges Station.
Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed to allocate £430,000 to the scheme which will see major changes to the station forecourt, along with improvements to Haslett Avenue directly in front of the station.
Working in partnership with West Sussex County Council and Southern, the money will be added to a pot of more than £1.3m made up of money from the Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership, Southern and Forge Wood developers.
Following consultation with businesses, commuters and residents, councillors accepted recommendations to take forward the first of two options - supported by 62 per cent of people responding.
Option one proposes changes that impact the way pedestrians, cyclists, cars, buses and taxis access and move around the station forecourt, plus changes to the highway including a more effective traffic signalling along Haslett Avenue East.
Plans for an improvement to create a new access to platform five from Station Hill / Billinton Drive are already underway.
It includes a ticket barrier and dispenser, additional cycle racks and a small drop-off/pick-up point for up to six cars. This work could commence in 2015/16.
Cllr Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “During peak hours the station and surrounding roads can get very congested. Our joint plan with West Sussex County Council will use the developer money to make long overdue improvements to what is one of the major rail gateways to Crawley.
“These changes will benefit rail passengers as well as vehicles passing through the Three Bridges Station area and will improve both the appearance of the station and the overall safety of station customers.”
Work could start in 2016/17 and is expected to last between six and 12 months. It’s likely to be carried out in phases to minimise disruption.