Improvement plan for East Grinstead bus station

Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children  Start of Life
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children  Start of Life

East Grinstead Bus Station forecourt is undergoing £114,000 of improvement works to make it easier for passengers, cyclists and pedestrians to use.

West Sussex County Council is improving the area around the bus interchange using fund from developers’ contributions.

Improvements will include: A larger bus shelter, relocating the bus shelter to make it safer for bus drivers to turn in and out, kerb realigned, and removing hedges and trees to connect the station interchange with existing cycle paths.

The footway at the junction of Brooklands Way and Panell Close is also being improved.

Work will start on the Brooklands Way footpath on Monday, October 5 and continue for nine days.

Work then starts on the bus interchange on Wednesday, October 14.

It will last for 10 weeks, subject to the weather.

All work will take place between 7am and 5pm.

Station Road, between the Station Road roundabout and a point north of the bus station, will close to traffic for the duration of the works.

A diversion route will run along Railway Approach and Beeching Way.

A temporary bus stop for passengers will be in operation throughout the closure, located at the railway station drop-off area.

A public drop-in session explaining the scheme is being held on Thursday, September 24.

It takes place at Sainsbury’s Supermarket, Brooklands Way, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1DD.

Officers will be available to answer questions from the public at 11am.

The plans are on display in the store for people to view.

West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “This is an investment in improving sustainable transport for East Grinstead.

“The changes will make it safer and easier to use.

“It will enhance the station forecourt and make it look more attractive to visitors to the town.”

East Grinstead Town Council’s leader Rex Whittaker said: “We welcome the County Council’s investment in East Grinstead’s new bus interchange.

“While there will be some short term disruption during the works, we shall be liaising closely with the County Council throughout.”