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:
Enable interchange between buses and trains and sustainable transport links by redesigning the space for buses/coaches to drop and pick up.
Improve traffic flow throughout the forecourt without impacting on the surrounding traffic flow on King Street/Queen Street.
Enable better pedestrian access and cycle routes through the forecourt area.
Creating an attractive pocket park walkway and cycle link from a narrow area which links two major business areas and runs alongside a section of closed rail line into a Railway Heritage Park.
Improved public realm by encouraging new businesses to the area and increase tourism
Better wayfinding, interpretation and the provision of information.
Transform the first impressions by making the area more welcoming and safe for local residents and visitors to the town.
Find out more about the new scheme
The total project fund is £1.2m which includes a £450k grant from the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (SWR CCIF) and additional funding from partners; Dorset Council, Public Health Dorset, Weymouth BID and Weymouth Town Council. Dorset Coast Forum is leading on the project in partnership with the funding partners.
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 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 12th August 2021 (planning application ref: WP/21/00111/FU). Dorset Council Planning Committee granted planning permission for both the station forecourt and pocket park designs on 30 September 2021.
Funding is secured to go ahead with designs to improve the station forecourt and the creation of a pocket park walkway and cycle path linking the Jubilee Business Park and King Street.
This project can now move through planning towards construction planned for Autumn 2021 subject to the final design approvals by Network Rail.
These improvements will hopefully be a catalyst for South Western Railway, Network Rail and local partners to develop the station building and beyond.
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