Plymouth Station is the busiest railway station in the Heart of the South West area. Operating with six platforms, the station has around 2.5 million passenger movements a year, with forecast longterm growth of 4% per annum, equating to an additional 1 million passenger movements over the next 10 years. The station currently experiences capacity problems at peak times and the number of passenger movements is forecast to double over the next 25 years.
As a strategic transport interchange for the city and region, the current facilities are insufficient for current and future levels of demand. The station precinct has not undergone any major redevelopment since the 1960s, resulting in inadequate vehicle and pedestrian access, poor circulation around the station, limited parking and limited potential to promote sustainable transport. As well as being an important transport hub serving the city of Plymouth, the station precinct acts as a gateway to the city and its dated appearance presents a poor first impression to visitors.
The scheme comprises the redevelopment of the station precinct to provide a significantly improved gateway to the city including a new public square in front of the station, extensive public realm works, reconfigured access arrangements, improved connections to the rest of the city centre, relocated and improved parking facilities.
It also includes the creation of development plots for a hotel, commercial floor-space and a University of Plymouth faculty in a landmark building at the top of Armada Way. The scheme as a whole will transform the station precinct and improve accessibility, capacity and visitor experience. It will position the station as a quality transport gateway for Plymouth and the Heart of the South West area.
Growth Deal Funding: £4.79m