Civils and stations

25.01.18

Guildford station gets approval for £150m regeneration work

Plans for regeneration at Guildford station have been given the go-ahead by the local planning inspectorate, meaning work on the long-awaited scheme is a step closer to beginning.

Initially put forward in 2014, the plan will involve a new updated station building, office space and 438 new homes in the surrounding area.

Network Rail is undertaking the work as part of a joint venture called Solum, which is a partnership with construction firm Kier.

Around £25m of the total £150m funding will be spent on station improvements, with plans in place to provide a larger ticket hall anticipated to accommodate passenger growth until 2035.

The funding for the station itself will be generated from money made through other sections of the development, including the extra homes and nearly 2,000 sqm of office space.

Network Rail’s managing director for property, David Biggs, said the plans were reflective of increased population growth and increased urbanisation which had forced organisations to be more created with station spaces.

“We at Network Rail are extremely pleased that the planning approval of this fantastic scheme has been achieved,” he commented.

“It will deliver significant benefits to station users and the local community, by releasing land for much needed housing, attracting new businesses, creating jobs, and providing a significantly improved station.

“This development is yet another example of Network Rail partnering with the private sector to unlock land for mixed-use development, while generating funds to reinvest back into the railway.”

The scheme has gone through significant change since its introduction four years ago when it became the seventh of the £500m Solum’s regeneration plans.

Responding to the planning decision, Solum spokesperson Alan Jones, said: “We are very pleased that this exciting brownfield regeneration project has been given the green light. This is a scheme that will transform the area around Guildford Station and provide a new gateway to the town.”

He confirmed that the project had been affected by local opposition during the planning period, but thanked all the residents in the area who had given their support.

Top image: Solum

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

Jude   25/01/2018 at 19:05

I like old Guildford. Whats wrong w/ it

Andrew Gwilt   26/01/2018 at 01:27

Just like what is happening to Coventry station as it’s to be upgraded aswell. Along with extra platforms to be built. I think Guildford station is due for a upgrade and that will have new ticket hall, concourse, revamped platforms with stairs and lifts etc as trains do serve and pass through Guildford. And possibly new bay platforms to be built for suburban trains terminating at Guildford and heading back to London Waterloo. As well SWR are ordering new trains to replace the Class 455’s & Class 456’s on the suburban routes.

Neil H   26/01/2018 at 12:41

What's wrong with it? Not enough ticket gates is a good starting point. Passenger numbers are growing at most stations and this is true at Guildford. The retail opportunity for income (and to provide facilities for passengers) is a no brainer especially in the concourse area. Having said that it is a tidy booking hall area currently and like no other.

Ticket To Ryde   26/01/2018 at 15:23

Hey Jude, Don't make it bad. Take a sad station and make it better

B Leeding-Obvious   27/01/2018 at 10:50

“..as trains do serve and pass through Guildford”. Yes, Andrew, as they do at pretty much every station on the network. Ffs, as you might say.

Andrew Gwilt   29/01/2018 at 00:50

B Leeding-Obvious. I take that as I've bored you. But I dont care.

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >