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Revamped Brighton Gateway will Wow Conference Delegates


July 02, 2013, Press Dispensary. A £5 million plus project to revamp Brighton's main rail station is underway. Work to modernise facilities while maintaining and restoring the architectural importance of the Grade ll listed station is due to be completed by the end of 2013.

Improvements will include remodelling the concourse to provide a more spacious layout with twice as many automatic ticket gates, a new travel centre and ticket office, a new passenger lounge and café and a wider selection of retail units. From March 2014, there will also be a new cycle hub – the largest of its type in Sussex - with its own repair workshop and café.

Brighton station is one of the country's busiest stations with seven million return journeys made to and from the station each year. The project has been designed to provide a greatly enhanced welcome to people arriving in the city and a programme of investment to further regenerate the area around the station is also planned.

Because of its close proximity to the UK capital, Brighton is often referred to as 'London by the sea' and, for business delegates, the city is an easy to reach destination by train - under an hour from London Victoria and just 30 minutes from London Gatwick International Airport - plus most of the city's main conference venues are within a 15 minute walk from the railway station.

VisitBrighton's Convention Bureau manager, Julia Gallagher, says: "It's fabulous news that the station is having such attention lavished on it. The improvements really will make a vast change to the visitor welcome and be of great benefit to the city as a whole.  

"Conference business is an important part of our local economy and the value of this has been reflected in the large amount of investment made in our city venues recently.  Improvements to one of the city’s busiest transport hubs are timely and will make a massive difference to the delegate perception of their journey into Brighton."

The improvements are being delivered by Southern in partnership with Network Rail and funded by the DfT's Station Commercial Project Facility fund and the Railway Heritage Trust. Southern is also contributing £500,000 to the project.

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Notes for editors
VisitBrighton Convention Bureau promotes Brighton & Hove as a place to hold meetings, conferences and business events. The Bureau works on behalf of the whole city and offers impartial support to event planners throughout the organising process. Team members have an in-depth knowledge of the city and can provide realistic, relevant and up-to-date information.

Brighton & Hove is recognised nationally and internationally as a dynamic conference destination, combining a seaside location with a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere. It has a range of venues - from imposing historic rooms to spacious modern facilities - and can host conferences for up to 10,000 delegates. Brighton has excellent transport links and is a 20 minute train ride from Gatwick Airport and less than an hour's journey from London. The city offers Regency heritage as well as beachfront cool and has an impressive mix of iconic attractions, quirky nightlife, award winning restaurants, arts, culture and a year-round programme of festivals and events.

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