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 key stakeholders, partners and the project steering group. This has reflected the feedback received form the broad ranging consultation recently undertaken.
The design is welcoming, attractive, contemporary and focuses on pedestrian access and safety. The station will have a sustainable transport hub and the provision of better interpretation and wayfinding.
In addition to the station is the design for a ‘pocket park’ which we hope will become a local rail heritage park creating an attractive cycle and pedestrian link from the Jubilee Retail Park to King Street. Here we will retain part of the old harbour rail link with interpretation and planting to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.
What are the next steps?
We hope to share the design drawings with the wider public as this phase moves towards planning and construction during April 2021. The whole project along with landscaping, planting, signage and interpretation is due for completion by March 2022.
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