With more than five million trips made annually from Southampton’s Central Station, planned new investment will help to leave a lasting positive impression on visitors to the city.
The Station Quarter plans include redevelopment of both the northern and southern sides of Central Station, as well as major refurbishment of the station itself. The transformed station will provide an exciting arrival experience, offering views of the waterfront and its cruise ships, leading to a new square, flanked by cafés and shops.
It is envisaged that the Station Quarter plans will act as a catalyst for wider change as proposed by the Master Plan. There is longer term ambition for more development on the south side to connect with and complement Central Station. The completed package will offer a range of new and exciting economic benefits for the city.
The improvements to the south side of the station were revealed on Monday 11 June 2012 with the new facilities opened by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Transport.
The station improvements have been undertaken as part of the Department for Transport-backed National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP), and managed by Network Rail and South West Trains with a contribution of £800,000 from Southampton City Council towards the total £2.4 million cost. The comprehensive refurbishment of the south side buildings and forecourt includes the reorientation of the entrance/exit eastwards, new lighting, bus stops, paving and better disabled access. The result is a much enhanced arrival experience into Southampton and improved passenger facilities.
What’s happening now?
Northern side (Station Quarter (N) and Wyndham Place Improvement Project)
Work starts in February 2014 to make it easier and safer for people to interchange between trains, cycles and buses, and for those arriving on foot and by taxi to navigate their way around more easily. A programme of community engagement and consultation with those who regularly use the area has taken place, and a Champions Group of local residents and business representatives has been set up to help guide the design of the area.
A summary of comments received, and a statement of the vision and objectives is available below. If you would like to know more about the project or get involved, please email Wilson Massie (email@example.com).
A public consultation on the initial designs was held outside Caffexpresso on 5 and 6 July 2012. A further consultation was held throughout the day on 25 and 26 April 2013 outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place, Southampton, giving visitors an opportunity to view our most recent plans for the redesign of the Station Quarter (North). Attendees were able to have a chat with the project team and comment on the latest proposals. All feedback will help us finalised our plans for redevelopment of the area.
If you'd like to view our plans, please download the pdf document below entitled 'Station Quarter North latest plans (April 2013)'.
What’s happening next?
In the future, major redevelopment to the south of the station will create a new Central Business District incorporating high density office development with new links to the waterfront and main shopping area. An initial phase adjacent to the southern side of the station will focus on a new arrival experience including new shops, small business space and a hotel, all centred on a new station square. Pedestrian and cycle routes to the city centre will also be significantly improved.
To find out more about the the plans and progress of developments in the Station Quarter, as well as Southampton's other VIP development projects, visit discoversouthampton.co.uk
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