A major scheme to revamp the area around one of the country’s busiest stations will start on Monday.
Brighton and Hove City Council believes its Brighton Station gateway project will improve traffic flow, access to the station and the overall look of the area.
The first phase will focus on Surrey Street, with the road closed to all traffic until March.
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Ian Davey, the council’s lead member for transport, said: “With thousands of people passing through each day Brighton Station is vital to our city’s economy, yet the area outside currently provides a poor welcome to visitors.
“In addition to making the station easier to access, these improvements will enhance the whole area for residents and visitors alike and provide a fitting welcome to the city.
“New businesses are already investing in this area and, as we have seen elsewhere in the city when changes have taken place, we are confident that more will follow.”
The scheme was agreed last year following consultation with residents and the business community.
It will see new paving, a wider footway, road resurfacing and tree planting take place.
While Surrey Street is closed the contra-flow lane in Queen’s Road will be re-opened for northbound buses, taxis and cycles All other traffic except HGVs will be redirected along Upper Gloucester Road and Buckingham Road HGVs will be directed along North Road and the A23 to avoid large vehicles using the West Hill area.
The existing ban on right-turns from Terminus Road into Guildford Road will be suspended, enabling access to Guildford Street and New Dorset Street from the west.