Weymouth train station will see some significant improvements as part of the ‘Weymouth Station Gateway’ project by transforming the train forecourt into a more welcoming and user-friendly place for visitors and residents of the town.
Improvements aim to benefit local businesses, encourage new businesses to the area and increase tourism by improving:
the visitor experience
sustainable transport infrastructure including bus links, cycleways and pedestrian access
pedestrian links to businesses
wayfinding and pathways through to the town centre and beach front
The project is funded by the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (SWR CCIF) and is led by Dorset Coast Forum in partnership with Dorset Council, Weymouth BID, Public Health Dorset and Weymouth Town Council.
During Summer 2020, Dorset Coast Forum asked Weymouth businesses and residents to take part in an online survey for views on the Weymouth train station forecourt, which is set to see some significant improvements to create a more welcoming, attractive, safer and user-friendly space for visitors and residents.
The preferred design was approved in December 2020 by the Project Steering Group, in consultation with key stakeholders and partners.
The design promotes a one-way system for public transport and all other vehicles having their own additional exit and transition area. The proposed design aims to manage vehicle flow while focussing on pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. A sustainable transport hub will be established in line with stakeholder and public consultation to deliver objectives of the project.
The central area pedestrian area is designed to represent the town with the colours, curves and local stone proposed, while the Pocket Park area is to become a railway heritage park to reflect the history of the railway and former tram lines along the harbour. The more contemporary and welcoming space is designed to improve the passenger experience and deter anti-social behaviour which our research highlighted was a concern of many station users.
What are the next steps?
The detailed design is now going through the planning stages where we expect feedback from all consultees to which modifications may be required. The consultation for the planning application(External link) with Dorset Council closed on 30th April 2021 (planning application ref: WP/21/00111/FU).
When this process is complete we will share the amended and updated design with the public before moving towards construction which is scheduled for Autumn 2021 subject to permissions, approvals and funding requirements. This is to avoid the busy summer period to avoid congestion of the area whilst works are taking place. Details will be made available prior to construction with alternative measures put in place to minimise disruption. Please note the station will remain fully operational and accessible at all times. The whole project along with landscaping, planting, signage and interpretation is due for completion by March 2022.
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