Work to begin on multi-million pound revamp of Southampton Central Railway station

Work to begin on multi-million pound station revamp

Work to begin on multi-million pound station revamp

First published in News

IT IS THE first part of a £10m project to revamp the area around Southampton’s central railway station.

Work to overhaul the area to the north of the station – known as the Station Quarter – will begin next month.

As previously reported, £2.28m will be spent on the first phase of the project, which would eventually see major improvements carried out in the area over the next decade.

The work, which Labour council bosses say could lead to the creation of 300 jobs, is one of the cornerstones of the masterplan for the development of the city centre.

This first phase, rubberstamped by the city council’s Cabinet last year, will feature improvements in and around the station’s northern exit on Blechynden Terrace.

Among the works will be a newtaxi rank, traffic calming measures, paving, kerbs and drainage.

There will also be extensive work carried out to road surfaces, and improved pedestrian crossing areas.

The work will start on February 10, and is expected to be completed in October.

During that time, existing taxi ranks and bus stop areas will be temporarily relocated closer to the station.

There will also be a reduction in the number of parking spaces on the station’s north side.

The council’s leisure and economic development boss, Matt Tucker, 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. ”

The council is currently seeking funding for the next stages of the Station Quarter project.

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10:57am Fri 31 Jan 14

sotonboy84 says...

I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders.

If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight!
I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders. If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight! sotonboy84
  • Score: 22

11:51am Fri 31 Jan 14

Jonny7oma says...

Whats with all this ending a project's name with the word 'Quarter'? We've already got the 'cultural quarter' or 'bit of grass where a well known department shop used to be', now the 'station quarter' which numerically means we can only have two more quarters. The 'off their trolly students and ne'er-do-well quarter' or Bedford place thru to the high street, then there's the 'sitting still in a car waiting for 3 hours while nothing moves quarter' down by Town Quay.... 'the making it up, hole in the ground, don't know @rse from elbow quarter' otherwise know as the council departments currently located at the Millbrook city dump (yes really). How about the 'wet quarter' that's the bit off Mayflower park that will never be anything other than a burnt out crumbling wreck that used to be the pier? There's the 'single mothers and multi racial offspring quarter' or Thornhill.
I've lived here 58 years, I have a great deal of admiration for it's history, the people (most of them anyway) and of course the football club but please lets not start dividing it up into silly names. It's already got loads of silly names as it is.
Whats with all this ending a project's name with the word 'Quarter'? We've already got the 'cultural quarter' or 'bit of grass where a well known department shop used to be', now the 'station quarter' which numerically means we can only have two more quarters. The 'off their trolly students and ne'er-do-well quarter' or Bedford place thru to the high street, then there's the 'sitting still in a car waiting for 3 hours while nothing moves quarter' down by Town Quay.... 'the making it up, hole in the ground, don't know @rse from elbow quarter' otherwise know as the council departments currently located at the Millbrook city dump (yes really). How about the 'wet quarter' that's the bit off Mayflower park that will never be anything other than a burnt out crumbling wreck that used to be the pier? There's the 'single mothers and multi racial offspring quarter' or Thornhill. I've lived here 58 years, I have a great deal of admiration for it's history, the people (most of them anyway) and of course the football club but please lets not start dividing it up into silly names. It's already got loads of silly names as it is. Jonny7oma
  • Score: 9

12:47pm Fri 31 Jan 14

loosehead says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders.

If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight!
Yet another scheme in the Tory Blueprint A Vision for the future!
I think it's great that Labour thinks the Tory plans were/are so good they make it out that it's all down to them?
But pleased another scheme is under way!
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders. If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight![/p][/quote]Yet another scheme in the Tory Blueprint A Vision for the future! I think it's great that Labour thinks the Tory plans were/are so good they make it out that it's all down to them? But pleased another scheme is under way! loosehead
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Fri 31 Jan 14

localnews says...

loosehead wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders.

If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight!
Yet another scheme in the Tory Blueprint A Vision for the future!
I think it's great that Labour thinks the Tory plans were/are so good they make it out that it's all down to them?
But pleased another scheme is under way!
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[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders. If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight![/p][/quote]Yet another scheme in the Tory Blueprint A Vision for the future! I think it's great that Labour thinks the Tory plans were/are so good they make it out that it's all down to them? But pleased another scheme is under way![/p][/quote]ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz localnews
  • Score: -1

1:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

SilvanDryad says...

What we really need is a "transport hub" - a bus and coach station with the rail station. The current coach staiton is a laugh. Joined up thinking is probably too much to hope for.
What we really need is a "transport hub" - a bus and coach station with the rail station. The current coach staiton is a laugh. Joined up thinking is probably too much to hope for. SilvanDryad
  • Score: 9

1:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

SilvanDryad says...

Oh - where's the parking gone? The car park outside Overline House looks green and leafy in the artist's impression and the drop-off layby has been pedestrianised...
Oh - where's the parking gone? The car park outside Overline House looks green and leafy in the artist's impression and the drop-off layby has been pedestrianised... SilvanDryad
  • Score: 2

1:49pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders.

If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight!
Chewing gum is an issue in Southampton. Other cities seem to manage to deal with it, not sure why it's such a problem here. The paving in the precinct looks awful. It's uneven and broken too but that's besides the point. It all creates a very bad impression. I agree, Cardiff is a good template.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders. If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight![/p][/quote]Chewing gum is an issue in Southampton. Other cities seem to manage to deal with it, not sure why it's such a problem here. The paving in the precinct looks awful. It's uneven and broken too but that's besides the point. It all creates a very bad impression. I agree, Cardiff is a good template. Saint Botley
  • Score: 3

3:15pm Fri 31 Jan 14

sotonboy84 says...

Saint Botley wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders.

If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight!
Chewing gum is an issue in Southampton. Other cities seem to manage to deal with it, not sure why it's such a problem here. The paving in the precinct looks awful. It's uneven and broken too but that's besides the point. It all creates a very bad impression. I agree, Cardiff is a good template.
You're right, it's an issue across Southampton. It doesn't take long for it to build up and look a complete mess but I don't think the council have ever tackled it. It just stays there until new slabs/tarmac is put down!

An awful lot of chewing gum comes from bars that are open late (not really pubs) because if you look around Bedford Place, London Road and areas with late bars, the pavements and roads are covered in chewing gum. The council should tackle this and they should be making bars partly responsible for it too by making them clear it up or making them pay towards clearing it up.

Many cities across Europe don't seem to have this problem as they clean it up and issue large fines if they see somebody dropping it. But it's not a new issue for Southampton so can't be blamed on cut backs, it's never been tackled so all previous and the administration are at fault.
[quote][p][bold]Saint Botley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: I'm sure it will look great and anything is an improvement on the current eyesore but the thing that lets new developments down in the city, in my opinion, is the lack of maintenance. Guildhall Square looked great when it was finished but already it's getting covered in chewing gum that's never removed and the benches are all chipped on the edges due to skateboarders. If the council spend these large sums of money then they should invest in maintenance and keeping the city looking good and dish out fines to people throwing chewing gum or damaging street furniture with skateboards. A newly paved train station covered in chewing gum is hardly the greatest impression to make. Cardiff train station for example is a lovely first impression to a city, as you leave the station you see immaculate paving and granite cobbled areas without any chewing gum in sight![/p][/quote]Chewing gum is an issue in Southampton. Other cities seem to manage to deal with it, not sure why it's such a problem here. The paving in the precinct looks awful. It's uneven and broken too but that's besides the point. It all creates a very bad impression. I agree, Cardiff is a good template.[/p][/quote]You're right, it's an issue across Southampton. It doesn't take long for it to build up and look a complete mess but I don't think the council have ever tackled it. It just stays there until new slabs/tarmac is put down! An awful lot of chewing gum comes from bars that are open late (not really pubs) because if you look around Bedford Place, London Road and areas with late bars, the pavements and roads are covered in chewing gum. The council should tackle this and they should be making bars partly responsible for it too by making them clear it up or making them pay towards clearing it up. Many cities across Europe don't seem to have this problem as they clean it up and issue large fines if they see somebody dropping it. But it's not a new issue for Southampton so can't be blamed on cut backs, it's never been tackled so all previous and the administration are at fault. sotonboy84
  • Score: 6

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