Plans to revamp Brighton's "Station Gateway" include reducing the space allocated to bus stops in the immediate vicinity of the station entrance. The proposals could significantly reduce the number of buses able to serve Brighton Station.
The consultation includes three options to change the road layout at the northern end of Queens Road. Each option seeks to provide more space for pedestrians. Option 1 includes modest changes to the current arrangements but Options 2 and 3 would have a much greater impact on buses.
Roger French, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove buses commented “I am surprised that with the constant calls for greater integration between buses and trains, plans have been drawn up which would see a significant reduction in space available for buses at Brighton Station leading to a loss of service”.
Brighton & Hove Buses assess that the proposed options 2 and 3 would mean there will no longer be room for buses on the six key routes to serve Brighton Station and they would instead have to be diverted to terminate at the Clock Tower or Palmeira Square. It would also stifle any further growth in bus and train integration.
The City Council’s online questionnaire has a closing date for responses on Friday 15 June.
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