A town centre is set to be transformed as part of plans for major improvement works.

Phase one of the Station Gateway regeneration scheme in Crawley will see public spaces refreshed in The Martlets, Haslett Avenue West and Friary Way, with traffic flow changes for buses to create a more attractive environment for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers.

The scheme is being funded by £7.5 million from the Crawley Growth Programme and the government’s town fund.

The proposals, which are open to consultation from Crawley Borough Council, include increasing the pedestrian thoroughfare on Haslett Avenue West, reconfiguring the Station Way/Friary Way road junction and pedestrian crossings and refreshing and regenerating the Martlets pedestrian zone.

The changes aim to improve the efficiency of bus movements, provide continuous and safe cyclist access to the edge of the shopping area, and create enjoyable public spaces for residents, visitors and town centre workers.

The project is the first phase of a plan to attract tens of millions of pounds of private investment in new residential, retail and commercial development in the area.

Councillor Atif Nawas, deputy leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “This transformative initiative marks a significant step forward in our commitment to revitalising key public spaces and improving the efficiency of the bus station in Crawley town centre.

“We invite everyone to participate in the public consultation process so that together we can shape a more vibrant, accessible and thriving Crawley town centre which reflects the collective desires of our community.”

The consultation will last until March 18, with the council set to submit a planning application later this year.

The plans will be on display at drop-in sessions at Crawley Town Hall in The Boulevard on February 29 from 6pm to 7.30pm and at the County Mall Shopping Centre on March 7 from 10am to 2pm and March 14 from 3pm to 6pm.