Rail bosses want three-deck car park at Haywards Heath Station

Rail bosses are looking to nearly double the size of a station car park.

Network Rail has applied to build a three-deck car park over the current car park in Haywards Heath Railway Station. The extension would see the station car park capacity increase from 600 parking spaces to 1,087.

The rail authority had previously obtained permission for a single-storey addition to the car park to provide 120 spaces but following further consideration has decided to increase the expansion further.

Rail bosses say the change is necessary because of an increase in demand for rail travel which means that many station car parks are reaching capacity.

Increasing the total number of car parking spaces available is a franchise commitment for Southern from the Department for Transport.

The proposed model is a demountable modular steel framed car park structure above the existing main car park which is recognised as a fast construction method, aimed at keeping the impact to the local environment to the minimum.

Earlier this month, plans for a multi-million- pound redevelopment of the railway station cleared a major obstacle after it was revealed that Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Local Government, will not call in the decision.

The project would see land off Market Place used for a new 4,122 sq m Waitrose supermarket and 754 sq m of retail and restaurant space.

A public consultation in May last year had more than 1,100 responses, with 94 per cent of those saying they supported the plans.

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12:28pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Bob_The_Ferret says...

We could do with the same at Three Bridges, Redhill and some of the other similarly overcrowded locations.
We could do with the same at Three Bridges, Redhill and some of the other similarly overcrowded locations. Bob_The_Ferret

12:32pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Hove Actually says...

Wow hold on there, to much joined up one world planning going on here.

Follow Brightons green council plans, make car ownership essential by destroying the infrastructure, increase the cost of public transport, slow traffic down to the speed of a mobility scooter, make the train station as inaccessible as possible finally make parking cost the earth either outside your home or in town
Wow hold on there, to much joined up one world planning going on here. Follow Brightons green council plans, make car ownership essential by destroying the infrastructure, increase the cost of public transport, slow traffic down to the speed of a mobility scooter, make the train station as inaccessible as possible finally make parking cost the earth either outside your home or in town Hove Actually

12:44pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Cave Johnson says...

Why are the Argus stories obsessed with the word 'bosses'. They use it as often as they can. We get union bosses, hospital bosses, university bosses, etc etc. Get a new word Argus.
Why are the Argus stories obsessed with the word 'bosses'. They use it as often as they can. We get union bosses, hospital bosses, university bosses, etc etc. Get a new word Argus. Cave Johnson

2:06pm Mon 25 Feb 13

HJarrs says...

This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.
This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete. HJarrs

2:10pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

HJarrs wrote:
This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.
So where else do you suggest people park when they commute? And don't start bleating on about getting the bus, because the bus services in mid sussex are pretty much non existant. Compared to Brighton they are. So if you come from, let's say, Cuckfield, or even Ardingly and use HH station, you could walk or cycle that could you? On a cold dark winters morning? No. On a summers day?? hmmm not likely either. So yes, to get around Mid Sussex a car, IS ESSENTIAL. Belive me it really is. The 40 and 40x run during the day and week days, but on the weekends the last bus is about 6pm. And it does one route, ONE! Difference is the 40 goes to churchill square and not the hospital.


So yes, you need a big car park for people who commute to where they need to.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.[/p][/quote]So where else do you suggest people park when they commute? And don't start bleating on about getting the bus, because the bus services in mid sussex are pretty much non existant. Compared to Brighton they are. So if you come from, let's say, Cuckfield, or even Ardingly and use HH station, you could walk or cycle that could you? On a cold dark winters morning? No. On a summers day?? hmmm not likely either. So yes, to get around Mid Sussex a car, IS ESSENTIAL. Belive me it really is. The 40 and 40x run during the day and week days, but on the weekends the last bus is about 6pm. And it does one route, ONE! Difference is the 40 goes to churchill square and not the hospital. So yes, you need a big car park for people who commute to where they need to. Hoarder12345444

2:43pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Mr Sworld says...

Wow. Hoarder, you completely misread that post didn't you!
Wow. Hoarder, you completely misread that post didn't you! Mr Sworld

3:04pm Mon 25 Feb 13

HJarrs says...

Hoarder12345444 wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.
So where else do you suggest people park when they commute? And don't start bleating on about getting the bus, because the bus services in mid sussex are pretty much non existant. Compared to Brighton they are. So if you come from, let's say, Cuckfield, or even Ardingly and use HH station, you could walk or cycle that could you? On a cold dark winters morning? No. On a summers day?? hmmm not likely either. So yes, to get around Mid Sussex a car, IS ESSENTIAL. Belive me it really is. The 40 and 40x run during the day and week days, but on the weekends the last bus is about 6pm. And it does one route, ONE! Difference is the 40 goes to churchill square and not the hospital.


So yes, you need a big car park for people who commute to where they need to.
Read the post before shooting from the hip!

Rather than a car park just open to the elements in which cars are baked or frozen, why not be more imaginative and put a simple roof of south facing solar panels up above the final car deck? Cars and people are more protected an the car park makes a contribution to Network Rail's electricity consumption. They could even make this a feature like Blackfriars Station roof!
[quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.[/p][/quote]So where else do you suggest people park when they commute? And don't start bleating on about getting the bus, because the bus services in mid sussex are pretty much non existant. Compared to Brighton they are. So if you come from, let's say, Cuckfield, or even Ardingly and use HH station, you could walk or cycle that could you? On a cold dark winters morning? No. On a summers day?? hmmm not likely either. So yes, to get around Mid Sussex a car, IS ESSENTIAL. Belive me it really is. The 40 and 40x run during the day and week days, but on the weekends the last bus is about 6pm. And it does one route, ONE! Difference is the 40 goes to churchill square and not the hospital. So yes, you need a big car park for people who commute to where they need to.[/p][/quote]Read the post before shooting from the hip! Rather than a car park just open to the elements in which cars are baked or frozen, why not be more imaginative and put a simple roof of south facing solar panels up above the final car deck? Cars and people are more protected an the car park makes a contribution to Network Rail's electricity consumption. They could even make this a feature like Blackfriars Station roof! HJarrs

4:19pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

HJarrs wrote:
Hoarder12345444 wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.
So where else do you suggest people park when they commute? And don't start bleating on about getting the bus, because the bus services in mid sussex are pretty much non existant. Compared to Brighton they are. So if you come from, let's say, Cuckfield, or even Ardingly and use HH station, you could walk or cycle that could you? On a cold dark winters morning? No. On a summers day?? hmmm not likely either. So yes, to get around Mid Sussex a car, IS ESSENTIAL. Belive me it really is. The 40 and 40x run during the day and week days, but on the weekends the last bus is about 6pm. And it does one route, ONE! Difference is the 40 goes to churchill square and not the hospital.


So yes, you need a big car park for people who commute to where they need to.
Read the post before shooting from the hip!

Rather than a car park just open to the elements in which cars are baked or frozen, why not be more imaginative and put a simple roof of south facing solar panels up above the final car deck? Cars and people are more protected an the car park makes a contribution to Network Rail's electricity consumption. They could even make this a feature like Blackfriars Station roof!
Perhaps I did, but I love a good old Rant.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.[/p][/quote]So where else do you suggest people park when they commute? And don't start bleating on about getting the bus, because the bus services in mid sussex are pretty much non existant. Compared to Brighton they are. So if you come from, let's say, Cuckfield, or even Ardingly and use HH station, you could walk or cycle that could you? On a cold dark winters morning? No. On a summers day?? hmmm not likely either. So yes, to get around Mid Sussex a car, IS ESSENTIAL. Belive me it really is. The 40 and 40x run during the day and week days, but on the weekends the last bus is about 6pm. And it does one route, ONE! Difference is the 40 goes to churchill square and not the hospital. So yes, you need a big car park for people who commute to where they need to.[/p][/quote]Read the post before shooting from the hip! Rather than a car park just open to the elements in which cars are baked or frozen, why not be more imaginative and put a simple roof of south facing solar panels up above the final car deck? Cars and people are more protected an the car park makes a contribution to Network Rail's electricity consumption. They could even make this a feature like Blackfriars Station roof![/p][/quote]Perhaps I did, but I love a good old Rant. Hoarder12345444

4:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Mart says...

Hoarder12345444 wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Hoarder12345444 wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.
So where else do you suggest people park when they commute? And don't start bleating on about getting the bus, because the bus services in mid sussex are pretty much non existant. Compared to Brighton they are. So if you come from, let's say, Cuckfield, or even Ardingly and use HH station, you could walk or cycle that could you? On a cold dark winters morning? No. On a summers day?? hmmm not likely either. So yes, to get around Mid Sussex a car, IS ESSENTIAL. Belive me it really is. The 40 and 40x run during the day and week days, but on the weekends the last bus is about 6pm. And it does one route, ONE! Difference is the 40 goes to churchill square and not the hospital.


So yes, you need a big car park for people who commute to where they need to.
Read the post before shooting from the hip!

Rather than a car park just open to the elements in which cars are baked or frozen, why not be more imaginative and put a simple roof of south facing solar panels up above the final car deck? Cars and people are more protected an the car park makes a contribution to Network Rail's electricity consumption. They could even make this a feature like Blackfriars Station roof!
Perhaps I did, but I love a good old Rant.
Think Once. Think Twice. Think.......have I read the post properly, and am I really ready to press the Submit button.
[quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: This car park could have a roof of solar panels, which would protect the cars below from the elements and provide some environmental benefit rather than an ugly expanse of concrete.[/p][/quote]So where else do you suggest people park when they commute? And don't start bleating on about getting the bus, because the bus services in mid sussex are pretty much non existant. Compared to Brighton they are. So if you come from, let's say, Cuckfield, or even Ardingly and use HH station, you could walk or cycle that could you? On a cold dark winters morning? No. On a summers day?? hmmm not likely either. So yes, to get around Mid Sussex a car, IS ESSENTIAL. Belive me it really is. The 40 and 40x run during the day and week days, but on the weekends the last bus is about 6pm. And it does one route, ONE! Difference is the 40 goes to churchill square and not the hospital. So yes, you need a big car park for people who commute to where they need to.[/p][/quote]Read the post before shooting from the hip! Rather than a car park just open to the elements in which cars are baked or frozen, why not be more imaginative and put a simple roof of south facing solar panels up above the final car deck? Cars and people are more protected an the car park makes a contribution to Network Rail's electricity consumption. They could even make this a feature like Blackfriars Station roof![/p][/quote]Perhaps I did, but I love a good old Rant.[/p][/quote]Think Once. Think Twice. Think.......have I read the post properly, and am I really ready to press the Submit button. Mart

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