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15.10.13

£5m Brighton Station refurbishment complete

Brighton Station has been formally re-opened following a £5m upgrade. 

The upgrade included a new passenger lounge and more shops, opening up the concourse, additional ticket gates, a new travel centre and ticket office, new customer information booth, new customer information screens, refurbished toilets, upgraded CCTV, new seating and improved signage. 

A new £850,000 cycle hub is also forthcoming, to expand the number of cycle parking spaces, cycle hire, a repair shop, lockers, toilets and showers. 

The works were delivered by Southern and funded by Network Rail, along with the DfT’s commercial project facility and the Railway Heritage Trust. 

Chris Burchell, Southern managing director, said: “Southern has worked tirelessly over the last few years to improve the standard of stations on its network with new buildings, major overhauls and basic renovation of the estate. 

“The changes made to improve passenger flow though the station and to ticket buying facilities have made a huge difference, and with the major structural changes providing a breathtaking uninterrupted view of the magnificent train shed roof, Brighton station is a landmark in the City of Brighton and Hove to be proud of, and one which will be enjoyed for many years to come by the growing number of passenger using the station.” 

Network Rail Sussex Route managing director Tim Robinson added: “This is another example of investment in infrastructure which is helping to provide a better railway. Brighton station is one of the busiest in the south east and has been improved to serve the increasing number of passengers who pass through it every year. We worked closely with the DfT and Southern to deliver these enhancements which will provide passengers with improved facilities and a better beginning or end to their journey.” 

Malcolm Wood, company secretary of the Railway Heritage Trust, said: “The works to improve the access and appearance of the concourse, and the opening up of the train shed to view, together with the improvements to the historic Mocatta station building and particularly the transformation of the former Thameslink building into the new ticket office, are significant.” 

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Comments

Nonsuchmike   19/10/2013 at 20:56

As much needed and remarkable as these improvements undoubtedly are, perhaps we can now stop re-arranging the deck chairs and get on with the serious business of opening up the Uckfield to Lewes (and thence to Brighton, Eastbourne & Seaford) link before an iceberg in the shape of lack of capacity to meet demand looms up in front of us?

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