West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. The county of Sussex has been divided into East and West since the 12th century, and obtained separate county councils in 1888, but it remained a single ceremonial county until 1974 and the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972. Also at this time the Mid Sussex region (including Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead) was transferred from East Sussex.
The M23/A23/A24 runs through the east of the county from Waterloo in London all the way to Brighton and Worthing. Other major roads are the A272 which runs east to west, and the A27 which does the same but closer to the coast, with the A272 going through the middle of the county. Along the majority of the coast the A259 can be found, which is often used as an alternate route to the A27.
Gatwick Airport, which handled over 32 million passengers in 2005, is located to the north of Crawley, and is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom. There is also a considerably smaller local airport at Shoreham. There are 3 main railway routes; the Brighton Main Line, the Arun Valley Line and the West Coastway Line.