As part of the work to make Bournemouth Station more accessible and welcoming for the millions of visitors and commuters travelling through this part of town, night time closures will be in place for up to eight nights starting from next week (1 September).
The night time closure of the ASDA side of Bournemouth station will be in place from 10pm until 6am from Tuesday 1 September for up to eight consecutive nights, including the weekend. It will affect both ends of the site and prevent any access to the station from Holdenhurst Road and Coach House Place during that period.
During this time, National Express coach arrivals and departures will be relocated to Holdenhurst Road near the Texaco garage. Buses will also have diversion routes in place, which will be appropriately signposted. Commuters are also being advised that short stay car-parking and car drop-off facilities for rail passengers will continue to be available, but only on the London-bound side of the train station.
The works are part of Bournemouth Council’s Three Towns Travel commitment to tackle Bournemouth’s future traffic congestion. They are being delivered in partnership with South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance and the improvements will see significant changes to the layout at the station, which will provide easier and more accessible bus, taxi and cycling facilities as well as better signage. In addition to the changes taking place on the ground, further improvements will also be made to the train station’s facilities and canopy.
Ian Kalra, Head of Transportation Services, Bournemouth Borough Council, said, “We have scheduled the closure of the station during the evening in order to minimise disruption for commuters as much as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the closures are essential to carry out the next phase of the improvement works, which once completed, will provide a better experience for those arriving to Bournemouth by coach and train and looking to travel elsewhere in the town.
“Keeping the town moving is a top priority for Bournemouth Council. As the population grows, there will be more people, more jobs and more commuters on the road network. Through the work of Three Towns Travel, we have tackled future congestion by providing residents, commuters and visitors across Bournemouth with easier, safer and more attractive sustainable travel options. By providing better sustainable travel options, we hope more people will travel by bike, public transport or by walking.”
The overall improvements are expected to be complete by the end of September 2015.