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.

The Weymouth Station Gateway project improvements aim to benefit local businesses, encourage new businesses to the area and increase tourism by improving:

  • The Visitor Experience
  • Traffic and Sustainable Transport Infrastructure
  • Links to Businesses
  • Wayfinding and pathways through to the town centre and beach front

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, which is set to see some significant improvements to create a more welcoming, attractive, safer and user-friendly space for visitors and residents.

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.

Where are we now?

The preferred design was approved in December 2020 by the key stakeholders, partners and the Project Steering Group. This has reflected the feedback received form the broad ranging consultation recently undertaken.

The design is welcoming, attractive, contemporary and focuses on pedestrian access and safety. The station will have a sustainable transport hub and the provision of better interpretation and wayfinding.

In addition to the station is the design for a 'pocket park' which we hope will become a local rail heritage park creating an attractive cycle and pedestrian link from the Jubilee Retail Park to King Street. Here we will retain part of the old harbour rail link with interpretation and planting to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.

What are the next steps?

The process is now going through the planning stages and public consultation and is open for comment on the Dorset Council planning website (planning application ref: WP/21/00111/FUL until 30th April 2021.

We then hope to move from the planning phase towards construction which is scheduled for Autumn 2021. 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.

The Weymouth Station Gateway project improvements aim to benefit local businesses, encourage new businesses to the area and increase tourism by improving:

  • The Visitor Experience
  • Traffic and Sustainable Transport Infrastructure
  • Links to Businesses
  • Wayfinding and pathways through to the town centre and beach front

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, which is set to see some significant improvements to create a more welcoming, attractive, safer and user-friendly space for visitors and residents.

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.

Where are we now?

The preferred design was approved in December 2020 by the key stakeholders, partners and the Project Steering Group. This has reflected the feedback received form the broad ranging consultation recently undertaken.

The design is welcoming, attractive, contemporary and focuses on pedestrian access and safety. The station will have a sustainable transport hub and the provision of better interpretation and wayfinding.

In addition to the station is the design for a 'pocket park' which we hope will become a local rail heritage park creating an attractive cycle and pedestrian link from the Jubilee Retail Park to King Street. Here we will retain part of the old harbour rail link with interpretation and planting to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.

What are the next steps?

The process is now going through the planning stages and public consultation and is open for comment on the Dorset Council planning website (planning application ref: WP/21/00111/FUL until 30th April 2021.

We then hope to move from the planning phase towards construction which is scheduled for Autumn 2021. 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.