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Bringing 900 jobs to Three Bridges

12 December 2011

Work starts on a state-of-the-art rail operating centre at Three Bridges which will see it become the nerve centre of railway operations in Sussex


The new operating centre is one of three major projects either underway or planned for Three Bridges which combined, are expected to bring over 900 jobs to the area. We’re working with C Spencer Ltd, contractor, to complete the work by early 2013.

The two other schemes are

  1. a railway maintenance depot for the new Thameslink trains - construction to start in early 2012
  2. a series of improvements to the station and subway

14 new rail operating centres

As well as at Three Bridges, another 13 rail operating centre are planned across Britain over the coming years designed to replace more than 800 signal boxes and other operational locations currently used to control trains across the network. The new centres will have more advanced signalling tools and technology that will help reduce delays, improve performance, increase capacity, provide better information to passengers and offer better value for money for the British people.

Mark Ruddy, our route managing director for Sussex, said: “The new operating centre and train depot will make Three Bridges one of the most important places on the railway in the south east. As well as helping creating a better railway, the 900 plus jobs potentially being created in the area will also give a vital boost for local shops and amenities.”

Thameslink depot

We will build a 11,200m2 depot to maintain the new fleet of modern and longer trains which are coming into operation on the Thameslink route from 2015. In addition to the main depot building – which will be able to take up to five 12-car trains at a time for repairs and upgrades - the site will include a warehouse and office space, train cleaning equipment, sidings for storing trains overnight, an electricity substation and a staff footbridge. We’ll also build car and cycling facilities for staff.

Station and subway improvements

Due for completion by summer 2012, the station upgrade includes:

  • Creating a new waiting area and passenger toilets on platforms 3 and 4
  • Relocating the ticket gates and a refurbishing the space around them to make it easier for passengers to move around the station, particularly at the busiest times of the day
  • Renewing the stairs leading to platform 5. They will be made wider and have a less severe gradient making them easier to use
  • Installing new cladding and flooring within the subway
  • Renewing the steps from the car park to the station
  • Upgrading the drainage to reduce the chances of standing water during wet weather
  • Resurfacing the platforms
  • Carrying out preparatory works in advance of potential car park enhancements

In November 2011, we secured additional funding to make further improvements to the station, including:

  • A boulevard style walkway to replace the existing structure
  • New, modern retail facilities
  • New double-deck cycle parking facilities.