Shoppers along the Boulevard were given a noisy welcome as resurfacing work got under way as part of the Sussex House site development.
Huge cutting machinery rumbled up and down the road today (Thursday November 14), slicing up and carting away the old tarmac in preparation for the new.
The regeneration of the area – which has seen the building of a Travelodge hotel, Morrisons supermarket, car park and restaurants – has taken one year and £38million.
Known as Town Centre North phase 1, the work has been carried out by developer Land Securities.
The developer has been thanked for its work by Crawley Borough Council.
Cllr Claire Denman (Con, Pound Hill South and Worth) said: “What a brave decision it was to push ahead with this development despite the harsh economic climate, so thank you very much.”
As the Travelodge hotel and Morrison’s supermarket prepare for business, Crawley can look forward to launching Phase Two of the scheme.
An application is due to be submitted in the new year with the idea of spending £200million on pedestrianising The Boulevard.
The aim is to start work in 2015 for completion in 2017.