DORSET Council is now announcing that it has secured full funding for the Weymouth Railway Station Improvement Project.
In a statement this morning, the authority said that since the release of Cabinet documents for next week, funding has been found.
“Since the Cabinet report was written the project has now secured full funding to make improvements to the Weymouth station area which will hopefully bring significant benefits to the local community “, says the press release.
The total cost to carry out the improvements is £ 997,096 and includes a grant of £ 450,000 from the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund. The remainder of the funding was provided by Dorset Council, Public Health Dorset, Weymouth BID and Weymouth Town Council.
Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder at Dorset Council for Highway, Travel and Environment, said: “I am delighted to say that full funding for this project has now been secured. The next step in the process is to obtain the required building permit. Whether Cabinet members agree with the report’s recommendation to authorize capital funding (over £ 500,000) to be spent on this project. This means that the ambition to improve this neighborhood for the city’s residents, commuters, visitors and businesses is one more step towards reality.
The Weymouth Station Walkway is a project to redesign the station forecourt through community and stakeholder consultation to become a welcoming, attractive and contemporary place.
It emphasizes pedestrian access and safety as well as providing a sustainable transport hub for certain bus and bicycle services, as well as better information on the region and the orientation of people. visitors. The design will also accommodate up to five rail replacement buses at any one time should the need arise.
The separation of public and private vehicles is designed to be simpler with one-way systems to improve traffic flow. Public vehicle and transit access routes will pass in front of the main station, while private vehicles will pass through the adjacent parking lot and use a separate exit lane, allowing for a choice of direction not currently available. A priority change on Queen Street is designed to improve the exit movements of public vehicles from the station.