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What are the proposals for a new pedestrian link between the train station and shops?

Proposals include:

  • Creating a new transport hub in front of the train station - with better bus stop provision, a taxi rank, cycle parking and space for cycle hire, and a new planting scheme.
  • Relocating the existing pedestrian crossing to create a new direct and wider entrance to and from the station to the town centre.
  • Creating a new pedestrian street, with lifts and steps, directly into The Springs to draw footfall into shops.
  • Providing new residential apartments and space for offices and caf├ęs so that Station Road becomes less of a town centre bypass - and so that the train station and developments in the former bottling site next door are better linked to the town centre.
  • Car parking for the station and new housing/offices would be provided as an undercroft to the new development areas.

Station_Gateway_Sketch_Impression_300dpi   Station gateway CGi with station label

We are keen to hear what you think of these emerging proposals.

View the proposals for the Future High Street Fund here [2MB]

Once you have looked at the proposals please complete our Future High Street Fund Survey.

Alternatively, please e-mail your comments to  The deadline for responses to these initial proposals is Monday 17th February.