Weymouth Station Gateway

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Weymouth train station will see some significant improvements as part of this project by transforming the train forecourt into a more welcoming and user-friendly place for visitors and residents of the town.

Main Aims

  • Enable interchange between buses and trains and sustainable transport links by redesigning the space for buses/coaches to drop and pick up.
  • Improve traffic flow throughout the forecourt without impacting on the surrounding traffic flow on King Street/Queen Street.
  • Enable better pedestrian access and cycle routes through the forecourt area.
  • Creating an attractive walkway and cycle link from a narrow area which links two major business areas and runs alongside a section of closed rail line into a Railway Heritage Park.
  • Improved public realm by encouraging new businesses to the area and increase tourism
  • Better wayfinding, interpretation and the provision of information.
  • Transform the first Impressions by making the area more welcoming and safe for local residents and visitors to the town.

Local strategies and plans were used to inform the development of the project which told us there is a desire for change in the area and that the station lies in an area of deprivation. Research showed that the area is subject to anti-social behaviour issues. This was evidenced in a British Transport Police report Crime Prevention Site Survey report (ASB) for Weymouth railway station dated 2017. However, further information came from Dorset Police Dorset Council Community Safety Team and railway staff in their feedback.

From the Weymouth Town Centre Masterplan, we can see there is consensus and support for development of the area, which will help support the communities around the station and provide an economic boost to Weymouth. More generally through our community consultations we can see the desire for change and the concerns people have with usage of the station. There was need for a more attractive and safer area, improved communication for wayfinding, sustainable transport links and more accessible space.

Community Engagement

During Summer 2020, Dorset Coast Forum asked Weymouth businesses and residents to take part in an online survey for views on the Weymouth train station forecourt.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. All responses have now been collated and fed into the Weymouth Station Gateway Consultation Feedback Report.

In summary, the key findings from the engagement revealed most respondents thought the station was currently in a poor condition but nearly all respondents still used the station area. The overwhelming desire is to transform the train station forecourt into a welcoming, attractive and safer area with more greenery and planters. There is also the desire to prioritise pedestrian movement, redesign the flow of traffic in the forecourt and ensure the provision of sustainable transport links for people using buses and cyclists.

The provision of better information and wayfinding was a key message. The use of public art, heritage and culture to represent the town was another clear outcome from the responses.

An Equality Impact Assessment was conducted and approved by the EQIA team at Dorset Council to evaluate access for all and take into consideration the needs of the wider community. As this is a public place, it covers all community users and visitors to the town in all demographic groups. This project will have a positive impact on children, young people and the elderly with improved pedestrian access, better wayfinding which should make it less confusing and easier to navigate to and from the station.

Project Management

The project is being coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum in consultation the Project Steering Group who meet on a regular basis to discuss updates, feed into the design plans and assist with decision making. Steering Group members are listed below:

Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Council, Weymouth Town Council, Weymouth BID, Community Safety Team, Public Health Dorset, South Western Railway, Weymouth Area Development Trust, First Wessex Buses, Local Melcombe Regis Councillors who are regularly updated with process and are able to feedback to their local communities. In addition, we are working closely with key stakeholders Network Rail, WSP Design Consultants, Hanson Contracting, Dorset Police, British Transport Police and Weymouth Taxis Station Association.

Design Progress so far

The preferred design was approved in December 2020 by the Project Steering Group, in consultation with key stakeholders and partners.

The design promotes a one-way system for public transport and all other vehicles having their own additional exit and transition area. The proposed design aims to manage vehicle flow while focussing on pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. A sustainable transport hub will be established in line with stakeholder and public consultation to deliver objectives of the project.

The central area pedestrian area is designed to represent the town with the colours, curves and local stone proposed, while the Pocket Park area is to become a railway heritage park to reflect the history of the railway and former tram lines along the harbour. The more contemporary and welcoming space is designed to improve the passenger experience and deter anti-social behaviour which our research highlighted was a concern of many station users.

What are the next steps?

The detailed design is now going through the planning stages where we expect feedback from all consultees to which modifications may be required. The consultation for the planning application with Dorset Council closed on 30th April 2021 (planning application ref: WP/21/00111/FU).

When this process is complete we will share the amended and updated design with the public before moving towards construction which is scheduled for Autumn 2021 subject to permissions, approvals and funding requirements. This is to avoid the busy summer period to avoid congestion of the area whilst works are taking place. Details will be made available prior to construction with alternative measures put in place to minimise disruption. Please note the station will remain fully operational and accessible at all times. The whole project along with landscaping, planting, signage and interpretation is due for completion by March 2022.

Weymouth train station will see some significant improvements as part of this project by transforming the train forecourt into a more welcoming and user-friendly place for visitors and residents of the town.

Main Aims

  • Enable interchange between buses and trains and sustainable transport links by redesigning the space for buses/coaches to drop and pick up.
  • Improve traffic flow throughout the forecourt without impacting on the surrounding traffic flow on King Street/Queen Street.
  • Enable better pedestrian access and cycle routes through the forecourt area.
  • Creating an attractive walkway and cycle link from a narrow area which links two major business areas and runs alongside a section of closed rail line into a Railway Heritage Park.
  • Improved public realm by encouraging new businesses to the area and increase tourism
  • Better wayfinding, interpretation and the provision of information.
  • Transform the first Impressions by making the area more welcoming and safe for local residents and visitors to the town.

Local strategies and plans were used to inform the development of the project which told us there is a desire for change in the area and that the station lies in an area of deprivation. Research showed that the area is subject to anti-social behaviour issues. This was evidenced in a British Transport Police report Crime Prevention Site Survey report (ASB) for Weymouth railway station dated 2017. However, further information came from Dorset Police Dorset Council Community Safety Team and railway staff in their feedback.

From the Weymouth Town Centre Masterplan, we can see there is consensus and support for development of the area, which will help support the communities around the station and provide an economic boost to Weymouth. More generally through our community consultations we can see the desire for change and the concerns people have with usage of the station. There was need for a more attractive and safer area, improved communication for wayfinding, sustainable transport links and more accessible space.

Community Engagement

During Summer 2020, Dorset Coast Forum asked Weymouth businesses and residents to take part in an online survey for views on the Weymouth train station forecourt.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. All responses have now been collated and fed into the Weymouth Station Gateway Consultation Feedback Report.

In summary, the key findings from the engagement revealed most respondents thought the station was currently in a poor condition but nearly all respondents still used the station area. The overwhelming desire is to transform the train station forecourt into a welcoming, attractive and safer area with more greenery and planters. There is also the desire to prioritise pedestrian movement, redesign the flow of traffic in the forecourt and ensure the provision of sustainable transport links for people using buses and cyclists.

The provision of better information and wayfinding was a key message. The use of public art, heritage and culture to represent the town was another clear outcome from the responses.

An Equality Impact Assessment was conducted and approved by the EQIA team at Dorset Council to evaluate access for all and take into consideration the needs of the wider community. As this is a public place, it covers all community users and visitors to the town in all demographic groups. This project will have a positive impact on children, young people and the elderly with improved pedestrian access, better wayfinding which should make it less confusing and easier to navigate to and from the station.

Project Management

The project is being coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum in consultation the Project Steering Group who meet on a regular basis to discuss updates, feed into the design plans and assist with decision making. Steering Group members are listed below:

Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Council, Weymouth Town Council, Weymouth BID, Community Safety Team, Public Health Dorset, South Western Railway, Weymouth Area Development Trust, First Wessex Buses, Local Melcombe Regis Councillors who are regularly updated with process and are able to feedback to their local communities. In addition, we are working closely with key stakeholders Network Rail, WSP Design Consultants, Hanson Contracting, Dorset Police, British Transport Police and Weymouth Taxis Station Association.

Design Progress so far

The preferred design was approved in December 2020 by the Project Steering Group, in consultation with key stakeholders and partners.

The design promotes a one-way system for public transport and all other vehicles having their own additional exit and transition area. The proposed design aims to manage vehicle flow while focussing on pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. A sustainable transport hub will be established in line with stakeholder and public consultation to deliver objectives of the project.

The central area pedestrian area is designed to represent the town with the colours, curves and local stone proposed, while the Pocket Park area is to become a railway heritage park to reflect the history of the railway and former tram lines along the harbour. The more contemporary and welcoming space is designed to improve the passenger experience and deter anti-social behaviour which our research highlighted was a concern of many station users.

What are the next steps?

The detailed design is now going through the planning stages where we expect feedback from all consultees to which modifications may be required. The consultation for the planning application with Dorset Council closed on 30th April 2021 (planning application ref: WP/21/00111/FU).

When this process is complete we will share the amended and updated design with the public before moving towards construction which is scheduled for Autumn 2021 subject to permissions, approvals and funding requirements. This is to avoid the busy summer period to avoid congestion of the area whilst works are taking place. Details will be made available prior to construction with alternative measures put in place to minimise disruption. Please note the station will remain fully operational and accessible at all times. The whole project along with landscaping, planting, signage and interpretation is due for completion by March 2022.