Making Brighton Station a great place
Brighton Station is critical to the city. 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.
Many would agree that the area around the station could be improved. We want to transform the area so it offers:
- 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 key aims of the scheme are to improve the southern station entrance around Queens Road and create a high quality northern entrance.
Following your feedback, we've come up with a proposal for the area, shown below, that we think provides the best solution. We've been speaking with resident groups and seeking comments from the public on the proposals through November and December 2012, and will use feedback to finalise the details.
We're currently developing the final proposal based on feedback from residents, businesses and transport partners to previous plans. Full details of the latest proposal will be available soon but 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, however 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 proposals 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 earlier this year. The current proposal takes into account all the positive and negative comments made by the public and other interested parties on those options.
If you have any questions or suggestions on the proposals, please contact us by:
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (01273) 294164
- Post: Station Gateway feedback, Brighton & Hove City Council, Room 404, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ
Work is expected to start in 2014 and will complement improvements being carried out by Southern Rail inside the station.
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
- Station Gateway original consultation booklet (PDF 494kb)
- Options investigated for possible taxi rank locations (PDF 494kb)
- Information about how we arrived at the earlier design options (PDF 96kb)
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.