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.

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 final southern entrance scheme follows an initial consultation in 2011 to find out your 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. 

The first phase of the work began with improvements to Surrey Street in January 2014, with work on Queens Road and the station forecourt to follow. The work is due for completion in the autumn. The scheme will complement 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 will be carried out in four phases, beginning with Surrey Street between January and March, which includes new paving, a wider footway, road resurfacing, and tree planting.

Work in Queens Road between Upper Gloucester Road and Junction Road is due to take place between March and June and will include new paving, wider footways, new loading bays, bus stops, new lighting, tree planting, and a contraflow cycle lane.

Work to improve the junction of Queens Road and Upper Gloucester Road is due to begin in June, and work on new paving, increasing the footway area, new lighting, and improved crossing points in the station forecourt area is due to take place in September and October.

During the first stage, Surrey Street will be closed to all traffic and the following alternative arrangements will be in place:

  • The contraflow lane on Queens Road will be re-opened for northbound buses, taxis and cycles.
  • All other traffic (except HGVs) will be re-directed along Upper Gloucester Road and​ Buckingham Road.
  • To avoid large vehicles using the west Hill area, HGVs will be directed along North Road​ and the A23.
  • The existing right turn prohibition from Terminus Road into Guildford Road will be suspended. Traffic needing to access Guildford Street or New Dorset Street from the west will join Terminus Road southbound, turn right into Guildford Road then left into​ Guildford Street 

If you have any questions or suggestions on the proposals, please contact us by:


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.

We’ve 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.

At the moment, the space in front of the station is dominated by traffic, but doesn’t work particularly well for taxis, buses or private vehicles. Pedestrians – the main users of the space in terms of numbers – have very poor facilities and the facilities for cyclists are also limited. To make meaningful improvements to the area, we have to change the way that traffic uses the space.

Further background information

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