Future Southampton

📰 Station Quarter work to start

The first phase of hotly anticipated work to develop the area surrounding the north entrance/exit of Southampton Central Station will begin on 10 February 2014 and continue until October 2014.

    • station quarter phase one map

    station quarter phase one map

The Station Quarter is one of Southampton City Council’s seven City Centre Master Plan VIP Projects, which is designed to build a brighter future for the city both economically and socially. We expect this scheme and future phases to support local businesses and lead to the creation of around 300 jobs.  Over 6 million passengers use Southampton Central Station every year, and this figure is forecast to rise. Even more people use the bus, taxi, walk, cycle or drive and park in the location.

The planned developments will provide: better pedestrian links with the city centre; improved taxi and bus management; safe, green travel connections, and; a new flexible community events space. Part of the project will incorporate the creation of an heritage art installation, documenting the history of the area when the route that the train line now follows was a canal.

This initial phase of works will improve the environment from the station entrance/exit, along Blechynden Terrace. It will include a new taxi rank, traffic calming measures and improved pedestrian crossing areas, in addition to new paving, kerbs, drainage and road surfacing.

    • station quarter square proposed

    station quarter square proposed

Councillor Matt Tucker, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Leisure Services, said, “This phase in the redevelopment of Station Quarter will help us create a more welcoming arrival experience, enhancing the perception of our great city for our residents and visitors alike. We have developed the plans for this area with the Local Champions Group who have also been behind the new Station Quarter farmers Market. I would like to thank them for putting so much time and energy into this project and hope that we will be able to secure the funding to deliver the whole scheme in the near future”.

This phase of work includes the construction of a new taxi rank, which will provide safer and more sensible pedestrian access to the station.  In order to achieve this, the existing taxi rank and bus stop areas will be temporarily relocated, close to the station. There will be appropriate signage to direct users of the station, buses and taxis once this element of works commences.

There will be some unavoidable disruption during the works including a small reduction in parking spaces on the north side of the station. The council’s development partner, Balfour Beatty Living Spaces, will be undertaking the work, and will seek to keep any disruption to station users, local residents, and businesses to a minimum through careful phasing of the work.

Additional funding for later phases of the project, which will transform the station forecourt and create an enhanced public space for events, retail and dining, is presently being sought.  Planned improvements to pedestrian links through to Commercial Road towards the Mayflower Theatre and Bedford Place, will also be included in later phases, in line with consultation on the plans that took place in 2012.

Network Rail and their contractors Balfour Beatty Living Places, will also be undertaking works to the south side of the station during this time to enable temporary access to the trackside for maintenance purposes.  These works will commence on 3 February and last for 2 weeks.

Later phases are planned to create a new “amphitheatre” - a flexible events space providing a focal point within the area, which will be available for everyone to use. The Station Quarter Farmers Market will be resident here, and will continue to operate throughout the development works.

The area will be softened with the use of new tree and shrub planting to accentuate the new thoroughfares, which have been designed based upon existing ‘desire line’ use by pedestrians.

The design for the area also considers the importance of green travel, providing safe and sensible access for bicycle users.