Improving the Brighton Station area

Artist's illustrations of possible enhancements to Brighton Station

Work to improve the area around Brighton Station began in January 2014 and is progressing well.

Whether you are travelling or live or work in the area, the station and surrounding streets have an impact on your daily life. The city benefits from the tourism and business our excellent rail links help to maintain. For visitors, the station area provides the important first and last impressions of Brighton & Hove.

The work to transform the area around the station is aiming to provide:

  • a great welcome a fitting introduction to the fantastic city of Brighton & Hove
  • a great place a space you can enjoy in the heart of the city whether you’re travelling or not
  • a great interchange a place that helps you get where you’re going as quickly, or as slowly, as you want

The Brighton Station Gateway scheme was agreed in 2013 following exhaustive consultation with residents, transport operators and the business community. 

Work began in January 2014 and improvements to Surrey Street, Queens Road, and the Gloucester Road junction are complete. Work has begun on Phase 4, which will improve the area immediately in front of the station, and is due for completion in Spring 2015. The work complements the improvements being carried out by Southern Rail inside the station.

The final scheme

Artist's impression of improved Brighton Station southern entrance

The final scheme is based on feedback from residents, businesses and transport partners to previous plans. The main features are:

Buses - Buses will remain in their current arrangement directly in front of the station. Improvements will be made to the design of this bus area and a ticket office added, which will also provide tourist information.

Taxis - Taxis will remain in their current position with improvements made to the layout of the taxi area.

Pedestrians - Pedestrians will have direct access to Queen's Road, without having to negotiate taxis. Subject to agreement with Network Rail, a new pedestrian link to the North Laine will be provided, and pavements in Queen's Road will be widened by around three metres on each side. Improvements will be made to junctions outside the station to make them easier to cross and the pavement will also be widened in Surrey Street.

Cycling - Most cycle parking will be provided at the north of the station, but some will be provided in the area currently occupied by taxis. A contraflow cycle lane will be provided in Queen's Road to provide access to the main entrance of the station for cyclists.
 
Traffic flow - Queens Road and Surrey Street retain their current gyratory arrangement. Amendments to the current one way system in the North Laine are proposed to reduce current levels of through traffic, while retaining access for residents and businesses. The proposal could be introduced alongside measures to restrict non-local through traffic in the area.  

The work began in January 2014 and improvements carried out so far include enhancing the Surrey Street area with extended footways, a loading bay, cycle racks and a new surface. Work has also been done in Queens Road area to create new bus shelters, trees, public seating, new lighting on wider footways, and installing loading bays without reducing the amount of pavement space for pedestrians. Trees have also been planted in Surrey Street and Queens Road to create a ‘boulevard’ effect.

Councillors at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee also approved the introduction of three loading bays as well as a contra flow cycle lane on Queens Road that will give cyclists a more direct route to the station.

Work is also now complete on the junction of Queens Road, Gloucester Road, and Upper Gloucester Road. Improvements include simplifying the junction, the creation of more pavement space, new signals and pedestrian crossing points. There are new trees and seating to encourage people to spend time in the area.

The final stage of the scheme will focus on the area at the front of the station. The council will remodel the bus stop area, upgrade the crossing points and install new lighting, paving, trees and seating.

Completion of the project is expected in spring 2015..

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Background

The council has been working with transport companies and representatives from local residents and businesses to see what can be done to improve the area around the station. The space in front of the station was dominated by traffic, but didn’t work particularly well for taxis, buses or private vehicles. Pedestrians – the main users of the space in terms of numbers – had very poor facilities and the facilities for cyclists were also limited. To make meaningful improvements to the area, we have to change the way traffic uses the space.

We identified a vision, objectives and potential design options for this challenging project, based on a set of aspirations developed through workshops held in 2011 (PDF 302kb). These will complement a number of planned developments in the area:

  • Square Bay Properties are developing a site next to the rear of the station. This provides an opportunity to create links between a new northern entrance and the rest of the city.
  • Southern Rail have secured funding for a multi-million pound project to make improvements to the interior of the station, which will significantly improve the passenger experience.
  • Network Rail is keen to make better use of Mangalore Way, possibly developing it as a ‘Borough Market’ type destination. Network Rail is also investigating the possibility of a high quality cycle parking facility at the northern entrance.

The final southern entrance scheme follows an initial consultation in 2011 asking for residents' priorities for the area. Around 1,200 people responded and, from that, we developed a number of station area design options (PDF 900kb) and asked for feedback. The final plan takes into account the positive and negative comments made by the public and discussions with our partners over the last year. 

Further background information

Any options on changing road layouts are only being put in place alongside measures to ensure necessary local vehicle access remains, and we haven't considered options that will redirect a lot of traffic through nearby residential streets.