Fastway is a bus rapid transit network in Surrey and West Sussex, United Kingdom, linking Crawley with Gatwick Airport and Horley, the first to be constructed outside a major city. It uses specially adapted buses that can either be steered by the driver or operate as self steering guided buses along a specially constructed track, Fastway is operated by Metrobus, using Scania OmniCity, Wright StreetLite and Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse 2 buses. Fastway aims to improve bus services in the Crawley, Gatwick, the planned 24 traffic lights and 11 roundabouts were changed to 40 traffic lights and 2 roundabouts. Phase 1 commenced in September 2003 between Bewbush and Gatwick, £50,000 over budget and four months behind schedule, the opening was attended by Tony McNulty MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, and local dignitaries. The service was extended from 21- to 24-hour operation in May 2004 and now runs every 7 minutes during the day and every 20–30 minutes in the morning, evening. In July 2005 the project was more than £6 million over budget, an independent inquiry was launched to investigate the losses, led by a task force from East Sussex County Council. The results of the inquiry were published in December 2005, ESCC concluded West Sussex had shown a pattern of ineffective accountability, complacency, ineffective risk management and a lack of clear ownership of the financial management responsibilities. On 27 August 2005 Fastway service 20 was introduced, running between Broadfield, Three Bridges, Manor Royal, Gatwick Airport, Horley and Langshott. On Mondays to Saturdays it runs every 20 minutes during the day, bus rapid transit was chosen to minimise startup costs, and remove the need for public consultation exercises. In June 2002 the official Fastway website was updated to show a cost of £27 million, in September 2003, the Go-Ahead group withdrew their £3 million commitment to the project. The government increased its contribution to cover this as well as rising costs. Route 10 is the most frequent service on the network and it operates from Bewbush, via Broadfield and Crawley bus station, to Gatwick Airport. It runs every 6 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, and every 10 minutes on Sundays and this route also operates overnight, with a frequency of every 30 minutes. Route 20 operates from Broadfield, via Crawley town centre, Three Bridges railway station, Gatwick Airport and Horley town centre and it runs every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays. There is no service on this route. Route 100 is the longest route on the network, with operating from Maidenbower, via Three Bridges railway station, Crawley town centre, Gatwick Airport and Horley town centre. Buses on this route run every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and this route also operates overnight, with a frequency of up to every 60 minutes. The Fastway project was promoted and funded by a public-private partnership, the consortium included West Sussex County Council, Surrey County Council, Crawley Borough Council, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, BAA Gatwick, British Airways
A Fastway bus
Bus priority includes this bus lane over the middle of Tushmore Roundabout in Crawley, allowing buses to by-pass other traffic.
A stretch of guided Busway on the A23 London Road in Crawley. This leads up to the bus lane over the roundabout.