2 May 2014

Brighton Station Gateway project on schedule

Work to improve the area around Brighton Station is progressing well and the next phase will start next week.

Improvements carried out so far on the Brighton Station Gateway project include enhancing the Surrey Street area with extended footways, installing a loading bay and cycle racks and providing new surfacing.

Most recently Brighton & Hove City Council has been working to improve the Queens Road area by creating new bus shelters, public seating, new lighting on wider footways, planting trees and installing loading bays without reducing the amount of pavement space for pedestrians.

Councillors at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee this week 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.

Next week both Surrey Street and Queens Road will be lined with trees to create a ‘boulevard’ effect.

The third phase will extend the scheme southwards to 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 will be new trees and seating to encourage people to spend time in the area.

Councillor Ian Davey, lead member for transport, said: “Creating a more welcoming and pleasant space around Brighton Station is long overdue and it is wonderful to see the improvements taking shape. I‘d like to thank the transport operators, businesses and residents who have contributed to shaping the scheme and for their patience while the work is taking place.

“Whether you are travelling, living or working in the area the station and surrounding streets have a big impact and the aim is to create a much improved environment for everyone, whatever mode of transport they use.”

Work starts on Tuesday 6th May and is expected to last until the end of August. There will be temporary traffic arrangements in place which are designed to keep disruption to a minimum.

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.

The Brighton Station Gateway scheme was agreed last year following exhaustive consultation with residents and the business community. Work began on the first phase in January.

Completion of the project is expected in the autumn.

Further information

Find out more about the Brighton Station Gateway project