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£5m scheme opening up Brighton Station on track
4:20pm Friday 1st February 2013 in News
Work has started on a £5 million revamp of the concourse at Brighton Station.
The improvements are a joint project between Southern and Network Rail and are being paid for by the Department for Transport’s station commercial project facility fund and the Railway Heritage Trust.
Southern is also contributing £500,000 to the project.
Work includes a new travel centre and ticket office, a passenger lounge with space for a cafe and new customer information systems.
The number of automatic ticket gates will be doubled and there will be a more spacious layout and a wider selection of shops.
There are also plans to open up the third arch of the central walkway, creating a bigger thoroughfare into and out of the station.
The old WHSmith building will be taken down and the departure boards to the north of the concourse will be removed, giving an almost uninterrupted view of the whole station.
Southern’s project sponsor, Emma Toms, said: “It has taken a lot of hard work by all parties concerned to get this off the ground and I am sure that when finished, Brighton station will once again be the station it was designed to be at the beginning – with plenty of complementary modern facilities.”
Work is due to be finished by the end of the year.
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