Visitors arriving in the city by coach will get a much warmer welcome if plans to re-vamp Pool Valley coach station get the go ahead next week. Plans have been drawn up to totally transform the area and it is now up to the councillors to make sure it happens.
Councillors are due to consider proposals to give city’s coach station a smart new look at the Environment Committee meeting on September 13.
The £350,000 improvement scheme has been designed to improve the safety and character of the area, while making it easier for pedestrians to find their way to and from the coach terminal, just off the seafront near the Palace Pier.
The scheme will be enhanced with a new ticket office, waiting room and toilets to be designed, built and funded by National Express.
The council’s funding, from the city’s Local Transport Plan programme, will go towards making improvements to the paving, lighting, seats and signs - creating better access for pedestrians, cyclists and passengers.
Lighting will range from traditional wall mounted heritage style lanterns to small lights recessed in the pavements to guide pedestrians to and from the ticket office.
Original plans were modified following an exhibition and consultation with local residents, businesses, transport, conservation and disability groups and the general public.
Environment councillor Geoffrey Theobald said, “Pool Valley is the first impression tens of thousands of visitors get of Brighton. For many years it has been an eyesore so it will be excellent to get this work started, having taken on local people’s views.”
If approved, work will start next month and could be completed by next Spring. Plans for the ticket office building are due to be considered by the council’s planning committee later this month.
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