Bring Fastway into Horsham!

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Fastway features guideways (pictured) and bus lanes that are useful to reduce traffic.

Fastway is a bus rapid transit (BRT) that serves Crawley, Gatwick Airport, Horley and Redhill with frequencies every 7 minutes. It currently has 3 lines: 10, 20 and 100. Line (or route) 10 connects Bewbush Dorsten Square with Gatwick Airport  via Broadfield, Crawley Town Centre and Manor Royal, 20 connects Broadfield with the new housing development at The Acres in Horley via Crawley Town Centre, Gatwick Airport and Horley Town Centre and line/route 100, the longest one, connects Maidenbower with Redhill (Park 25 new homes) via Crawley Town Centre, Gatwick Airport and Horley.

I personally think that Fastway looks great because it uses dedicated bus lanes and guideways which are useful to reduce traffic. Because of that, I want (and I am planning) an additional Fastway route, known as route 50, that connects East Grinstead with Horsham (Wickhurst Green new homes in Broadbridge Heath) via Crawley Down and Crawley Town Centre.

ROUTE 50 MUST HAPPEN BECAUSE NEW HOUSE DEVELOPMENTS IN HORSHAM (ESPECIALLY WICKHURST GREEN AND HIGHWOOD WHICH ARE LARGE-SCALE DEVELOPMENTS) CAN’T COPE WITH THE CURRENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

Guideways and bus lanes will be installed in Horsham! Guideways are planned to be installed on:
1. Harwood Road (from Falklands Drive junction to Manor Field junction, with East Grinstead direction extended from Comptons Lane/Redkiln Way roundabout

2. Whole A281 in Broadbridge Heath (from A24 junction roundabout to A264 roundabout)

Bus lanes will be installed on:

1. Harwood Road (from South Holmes Road to Falklands Drive junctions on Horsham direction only)

PLANNED ROUTE

 

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The new Fastway route could use the current Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse currently being used on routes 10 and 20. I’ve been on one of those on route 10 – and looks totally great as it makes journeys really faster!  Here is an example of the vehicles currently being used on these two Fastway routes which could potentially serve the new East Grinstead-Horsham route. This one (6001, BN14CUC) photographed at Bewbush Dorsten Square which is the terminus of Fastway route 10

Route 50 will start at East Grinstead Bus/Railway station and will follow the disused railway line that once connected Three Bridges with Tunbridge Wells. Guideways will be installed on the whole disused railway line (like Cambridge has today) except in Crawley Down where it will run on normal street running. Then it will follow current route 100 for a short section until Three Bridges Station, where it will follow current route 20 until Broadfield Stadium. From Broadfield Stadium then it will go via the A2220 and A264 (but firstly Broadfield Drive) in order to get to Horsham. Then it will follow current Metrobus route 23 and 200 until Forest Road junction with an intermediate stop at Crawley Road (currently The Norfolk Arms PH). Then it follows Harwood Road, where new guideways and bus lanes are planned to built (on the eastern half) and it gets to Horsham Railway Station where it will be standard for all routes ending Horsham. Buses coming from Crawley & East Grinstead will first  Albion Way, then call at the bus station, then at Carfax and again at Albion Way before turning onto Bishopric to continue to Broadbridge Heath (pretty the same thing that Metrobus route 23 does)

BENEFITS

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Many Fastway buses have a guidewheel (pictured here) in order to enable the buses to go on the guideways

  • Fastway route 50 will improve transport links from Crawley to East Grinstead and will serve Crawley Down
  • Fastway route 50 is designed to cope with the new large scale developments in Horsham (Wickhurst Green and Highwood)
  • The new Fastway route makes journeys faster around Horsham
  • It would also improve transport links between Horsham and Crawley
  • Fastway route 50 could potentially be extended from East Grinstead station to the Town Centre in East Grinstead
  • If demand/capacity increases the limit, then all Fastway routes (not just this new route but also current routes 10, 20 and 100!) could be converted into tram/light rail.
  • Fastway uses bus lanes and guideways to make journeys fast
  • New bus lanes and guideways could be installed in Horsham

See more at:

http://www.fastway.info/features

http://www.fastway.info/about-fastway

 

See more about the project at: Possible fleet Planned route Fastway route 50

 

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