Norman’s Notes – April 2018

Normans Notes

Norman Webster, Town and District Councillor for Mid Sussex and Cabinet Member for Community updates us this month.


Mid Sussex has a new web presence

The new user friendly MSDC web site is now available at:

You can use this online form for any service comments or compliments:


Have your say on fire service plan

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Authority seeks your views on its statutory Integrated Risk Management Plan.

This plan is about improving public safety, reducing the number of emergency incidents and saving lives. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is part of WSCC.

The Plan outlines work on:

Prevention: educating the community on how to reduce risks.

Protection: providing safer public spaces, fire safety inspections etc.

Response: sending fire appliances and firefighters to emergency incidents.

People: how does WSCC make sure it has a highly trained, diverse workforce?

Value for money: ensuring everything they do is as efficient as possible.

Partnership and collaboration: how they will work with other organisations.

The six week public consultation is available at


Gatwick Rail Station Update

Network Rail has recently submitted a planning application to Crawley Borough Council for the redevelopment of Gatwick Railway Station.

The anticipated timescale for the project is:

  • Crawley Borough Council to determine the planning application, spring 2018
  • Funding parties will make a final decision on the project in autumn 2018
  • Construction begins in 2019
  • Project completion in 2022


Improved Rail Services with new timetable

Rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway runs up to 3,200 trains a day and the times of all of these will change under a new timetable, which will start on 2am on Sunday May 20 in most areas. A small number of services will be introduced before 11 June, so best check before you travel.

The changes are part of major improvements to the GTR network, which include the Government sponsored £7bn Thameslink programme, to cope with a doubling of passenger numbers in the last 12 years.

Charles Horton, GTR’s chief executive, said: “A huge number of passengers will notice the benefits in terms of new journeys, better intervals between trains, improved reliability, and more capacity across a wide region.

“We are redeploying trains and crew and there may be some disruption, so we ask passengers for their understanding during the transition period of several weeks during which time a very small number of trains will not run.’’

Introduction of the new timetables is a milestone in the delivery of RailPlan 20/20, a programme to modernise rail services, taking advantage of new infrastructure and trains provided by the Thameslink Programme.

Space for 40,000 more passengers into London at peak times will be added.

Over more than a decade, platforms have been extended, stations rebuilt and power supplies boosted for longer trains. Signalling has been upgraded and track reworked to improve reliability and allow trains to travel at high-frequency through central London in ‘self-drive’ mode. GTR has also undertaken the UK’s biggest driver recruitment and training campaign.

In Sussex passengers will see:

  • New half-hourly peak-time cross-London service from East Grinstead via Oxted to London Bridge, Blackfriars, Farringdon, City Thameslink, St Pancras International and onwards to St Albans, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton and Bedford
  • An earlier first and later last train from East Grinstead to London Victoria will be introduced on weekdays and Saturdays and on Sundays the half hourly frequency will be extended for more of the day.
  • New half-hourly cross-London service from Gatwick Airport via Redhill to London Bridge, Blackfriars, Farringdon, City Thameslink, St Pancras International and beyond to St Albans, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton and Bedford
  • An additional evening peak train will be introduced from London Bridge to Uckfield on weekdays and earlier Sunday morning trains will be introduced on the Uckfield route
  • A new half-hourly cross-London service from Horsham via Redhill to London Bridge, Blackfriars, Farringdon, City Thameslink, St Pancras International and beyond to Stevenage and Peterborough
  • At Brighton – 15 trains to London Bridge in the morning peak compared with five currently
  • Direct Thameslink services from Cambridge and local Great Northern stations to Brighton via London Bridge and Gatwick Airport
  • Direct Thameslink services from Peterborough to Horsham via London Bridge and Gatwick Airport



Keeping up to date with road works at: It’s a long list so click on the Parish heading for an alphabetical listing.


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