Crawley's success as an economic hub has foundations in its excellent road, rail and air links, making it one of the most accessible urban centres in the south-east.

Crawley is a progressive new town established in 1947 that has grown to include 14 residential neighbourhoods with over 45,000 homes. It is 28 miles (45 kilometres) south of London and 18 miles (29 kilometres) north of Brighton.

Crawley in numbers

Airport and ports

  • Its position provides excellent access routes to global markets with its proximity to Gatwick Airport
  • Dover and the Channel Tunnel are reachable in under 80 minutes


  • Three railway stations serve the borough: Crawley, Gatwick and Three Bridges with fast routes to London taking around 35 minutes, and direct trains to Brighton and the South Coast
  • More than 2 million passengers pass through Crawley Railway Station every year
  • 19 million passengers pass through Gatwick railway station each year including 1 million local residents and commuters
  • 3.1 million passengers use Three Bridges station every year; via the main line between London and Brighton


  • The national road network can be accessed via the M23 to the M25 in 15 minutes, and there are more than 4,000 parking spaces in the town centre
  • More than 3 million passengers use the bus station
  • Metrobus provides a 24-hour Fastway service around the town and to and from Gatwick Airport and Manor Royal
  • Around 43,000 people commute into the borough to work and the town centre has more than 600,000 visitors every month


Digital connectivity is excellent with 89 per cent of properties having ultrafast broadband.