Three Bridges

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Three Bridges
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Three Bridges
Location within West Sussex
OS grid reference TQ285375
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Crawley
Postcode district RH10
Dialling code 01293
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51°07′02″N0°09′40″W / 51.117101°N 0.161000°W / 51.117101; -0.161000 Coordinates: 51°07′02″N0°09′40″W / 51.117101°N 0.161000°W / 51.117101; -0.161000

Three Bridges is a neighbourhood within the town of Crawley, in the county of West Sussex in England.



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Three Bridges Road, Three Bridges

Three Bridges, at first a tiny hamlet, began to grow with the coming of the London and Brighton Railway in 1841. Despite beliefs to the contrary, the village was named, not after rail bridges, but after three much older crossings over streams in the area (River Mole tributaries).

The hamlet became the site of an important railway junction in 1848 with the opening of the branch line to Horsham and thence to Portsmouth. The railway established a motive power depot and marshalling yards to the south of the village. A further branch line to East Grinstead was opened in 1855. The village changed radically with the coming of the New town development in the Crawley area in the late 1940s. Three Bridges was one of the first group of neighbourhoods to be built, by 2020 they were 14 neighbourhoods.

Railway transport

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Three Bridges Railway Station
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Rail bridge at Three Bridges Station

Three Bridges continues to be the site of an important rail station at the intersection of the London to Brighton line and the London to Portsmouth Line (Arun Valley Line via Horsham), but the branch line to East Grinstead closed on 1 January 1967.

A rolling stock depot, Three Bridges depot, was constructed in the early 2010s for the Thameslink rolling stock programme

Three Bridges ROC, the main operating centre for the south east, is also located close to Three Bridges station.


Hazelwick School is a comprehensive school located in Three Bridges. It was opened as a Secondary Modern School in 1953, which became a Comprehensive school in the mid 1960s. It is also (since 1998) designated as a Technology and Humanities College. Hazelwick has over 110 teachers and more than 2100 pupils. Many former school pupils later became famous including Gareth Southgate and Chico Slimani. It also educated two of the controversial Fertilizer Bomb plotters, Omar Khyam and Jawad Akbar who were arrested, charged and imprisoned for life sentences due to Government Home Security surveillance during Operation Crevice.

Primary schools in Three Bridges include Three Bridges Primary School.


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