July 2023. We are pleased to announce that the improvements to Weymouth Train Station forecourt, car park and pocket park were Highly Commended for the Transportation Project of the Year award at the Charted institute of Highways and Transportation southwest awards. In addition, the project has been nominated for an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Southwest Civil Engineering Awards 2023 that recognises outstanding civil engineering achievement, innovation and ingenuity in the region. You can get involved by voting for the project you would like to see win the People’s Choice Award.
March 2023. The celebration launch for the station forecourt and pocket park has been rescheduled and will be held on Friday 21st April. This will be an informal event open to the public.
December 2022. The Christmas tree lights are on in the new open space on the Weymouth Station forecourt. Thank you to the Dorset Council Highways team and all who were involved to make this happen.
Weymouth train station has seen some significant improvements including transformation of the train forecourt into a more welcoming and user-friendly place for visitors and residents of the town, and a new Pocket Park that celebrates local heritage.
This multi-agency, partnership-led and funded project included:
- Much improved station forecourt with new pedestrian areas and walking routes.
- New open space in centre of forecourt available for pop-up events and seasonal Christmas Tree.
- Information panels outlining the history of the railway in the area.
- New bus interchange with direct links to Portland and the Jurassic Coast and real time rail, bus and local information screens.
- Dedicated taxi rank.
- Improved car park layout with new exit and lower wall with railings – improving visibility and public safety.
- New Pocket Park alongside B&Q, including existing track and signage referencing Weymouth’s railway heritage.
- Pocket Park also operates as a wide and much improved walk and cycle way to Radipole Park, Lakes and Jubilee Retail Park.
- Completely refurbished canopy on platforms 2 and 3.
- Additional secure cycle storage.
- New station café with information displays promoting rail travel.
- Crime prevention hub base for British Transport Police, SWR’s Rail Community Officers and local police.
- Living wall adjacent to train station exit.
The project was coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum in consultation with the Project Steering Group who met on a regular basis to discuss updates, feed into the design plans and assist with decision making. Steering Group members are Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Council, Weymouth Town Council, Weymouth BID, Community Safety Team, Public Health Dorset, South Western Railway, Weymouth Area Development Trust, First Wessex Buses, Local Melcombe Regis Councillors.
In addition, we worked closely with key stakeholders including Network Rail, WSP Design Consultants, Hanson Contracting, Dorset Police, British Transport Police and Weymouth Taxis Station Association.
Find out more about this project on Dorset Coast Forum’s Have Your Say webpage.
We would like to give a huge thank-you to all project partners and stakeholders listed above for their time, completing the works and giving advice and support throughout the project.
Our gratitude also goes to the project funders, including Dorset Council for contributing around £727,000, including funds from the Local Transport Plan, Contain Outbreak Management Fund and Community Infrastructure Levy; and for Southwest Railways for contributing £436,000 from the Customer and Communities Improvement Fund.
Thank-you also to Public Health Dorset for £35,000 contribution towards the development of Pocket Park, We Are Weymouth for £15,000 contribution towards CCTV and Weymouth Town Council for contributing £1,000 towards maintenance and for agreeing to take on longer term maintenance of the historical information panels.
We would also like to thank Chris Smith from Smith and Jones for the creation of the historical information boards which can be seen at the station forecourt, at Pocket Park, the Loop and at the Quay. Thank-you to those who contributed photos and gave historical details that made up the content of the panels, including Graham Perry from Weymouth Museum, Geoff Pritchard and Mike Oakley.
Last, but not least, we would like to thank local residents and local businesses who gave their input into the original design, detailing what they felt were issues they wished to be resolved and elements they would like to see in this space. We hope that the final result is something that you and everyone else involved, can feel proud of.