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Petition to remove Crawley pop-up cycle lanes

Almost 2,000 have signed a petition to remove pop-up cycle lanes around Crawley and West Sussex.

The seven temporary routes across the county have been installed to help support cycling as a form of transport post Covid-19.

Due to the emergency nature of the scheme it was done in three months without public consultation but the council says they’ll be closely monitored and then adjusted or removed depending on their use and impact.

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Rail service linking Gatwick and east Kent considered

If plans go ahead it could mean a cross-country service running from Canterbury West to Gatwick Airport via Ashford and Tonbridge.

The draft plans are part of a 10-year transport aim to put pressure on the government and train operators to transform the region’s rail system by 2030.

Stephen Gasche, KCC’s rail project manager, wants to see an extension to the Great Western Railway line, which runs from Reading to Gatwick via Redhill.

During an environment and transport committee meeting on Tuesday, he said it would be “an extraordinary benefit for the whole of south east England” and would “knit the counties together”.

Kent County Council previously lobbied the government for a similar train service but were met with strong resistance from the Department for Transport due to a business case that “did not stand up”.

A public consultation runs until 17 November.

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Crawley Town hopeful for fans to return in October

Crawley Town say they remain on track to have fans back in their stadium in October despite tomorrow’s game against Scunthorpe United not having spectators as hoped.

1,000 fans will be welcomed back to three League Two games this weekend with the Reds saying they are aiming for a test event sometime this month.

It follows a successful pilot event staged at Cambridge United last week which saw fans attend for the first time since March.

You can read the EFL’s statement HERE.

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Police appeal following series of catalytic converter thefts

Three men used an electric saw to steal catalytic converters from cars in a daylight raid in Epsom.

The trio struck at around 11am on Monday in the Sainsbury’s car park. A member of the public who attempted to intervene was threatened with a metal pole.

Police described the suspects as white, in their mid-thirties and of stocky build. They arrived and left the scene in a dark grey Honda CR-V.
A Surrey Police spokesman said:
“The car park was busy at the time of the incident and we believe that there will be multiple witnesses. If you saw anything suspicious, or recognise the car and suspects described, please contact us quoting PR/45200097499.”

  • Webchat on our website surrey.police.uk
  • Online https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
  • Calling us on 101
  • If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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  • West Sussex Firefighters raise over £6,000 by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats

    Image: West Sussex County Council

    West Sussex Firefighters have raised more than £6,000 by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

    The foursome completed the route in 10 days to raise money for the Kids Cancer Charity and The Firefighter’s Charity.

    After arriving at the tip of Scotland at the end of their 1,050 mile trip the team celebrated with a dip in the sea.

    Burgess Hill Watch Manager Shaun Challis said:
    “I can’t tell you how incredible it felt to finally see that fingerpost at the finish line in John O’Groats on Monday. After ten days on the road, we were all absolutely exhausted by the end of it.

    “But it has been an incredible journey, and the support we have had along the way has been phenomenal. People stopped us to give us donations towards our fundraising, and at one of our overnight stops we even managed to win a tenner during a hotly contested game of pool!

    “We set ourselves the ambitious target of £5,000, and we couldn’t believe how quickly the donations were adding up – we are lucky to have received so much support, and watching the total mount up as we progressed up through the country really drove us onwards – even when it was wet and miserable.”

    He and firefighter Scott Cairncross cycled the full route, while firefighters Matt Firmager and Martin Belford each cycled half the distance and drove the support van.

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