Brighton’s £5m plus project to revamp its main rail station is underway with work to modernise facilities due to be completed by the end of 2013.
Improvements to the station will include remodelling the concourse to provide a more spacious layout with twice as many automatic ticket gates, a new travel centre and ticket office, a new passenger lounge and café and a wider selection of retail units. From March 2014, there will also be a new cycle hub.
Over seven million return journeys are made to and from the station each year, with Brighton’s close proximity to London making it an easy to reach destination for business delegates. It is hoped the new station will provide a greatly enhanced welcome to people arriving in the city and a programme to further regenerate the area around the station is also planned.
“It’s fabulous news that the station is having such attention lavished on it,” says VisitBrighton’s Convention Bureau Manager, Julia Gallagher. “The improvements will make a vast change to the visitor welcome and be of great benefit to the city as a whole.
“Conference business is an important part of our local economy and the value of this has been reflected in the large amount of investment made in our city venues recently. Improvements to one of the city’s busiest transport hubs are timely and will make a massive difference to the delegate perception of their journey into Brighton,” she adds.
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