Revamped Brighton Gateway will Wow Conference Delegates
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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• 50 minutes by train from London
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• Thriving independent retail and restaurant culture
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