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Central Station Interchange

Central Station HR Proposed 01

As part of plans to transform gateways to the City Centre an international gateway will be created at Southampton Central Station, providing ease of access to the Port, cruise terminals and into the City Centre. 

  • Enhance visitor numbers and support employment opportunities in tourism, retail and hospitality
  • Support visitors and passengers with sustainable transport options
  • Create an international gateway at the station, providing ease of
    access to the Port, cruise terminals and into the City Centre.

Benefits of the improvements:

  • New bus facilities – including dedicated bus stops and improved bus accessibility
  • Passenger waiting lounge – high quality waiting area for passengers using buses, taxis and for those travelling to the cruise terminals. Its style will complement the art deco style of the station building
  • Provision of e-scooter and e-bike for onward journeys into the City Centre and beyond
  • Dedicated taxi facilities – a five car taxi rank within the forecourt with a 10 car taxi waiting area on Western Esplanade
  • Improved pedestrian access - dedicated crossing points within the forecourt with improved disabled parking and access
  • High quality public realm – forecourt to be re-surfaced with high quality materials.

Project details

Development of a new multi-modal interchange will commence on the south side of Central Station in order to provide efficient and seamless travel connections to the port and other parts of the city.

For people arriving at central station, the new interchange will provide the following onward travel options:

  • Improved bus facilities, to include waiting areas with real-time
  • Increased access to e-mobility (e-scooter and cycle hire)
  • Cycle parking provision
  • Improved taxi rank, drop off & waiting facilities
  • Improved car parking and loading facilities

The various improvements make more efficient use of the site and deconflict the various users. A taxi waiting area will be created for 10 vehicles along Western Esplanade and a taxi rank for 5 vehicles created in a dedicated area of the forecourt. All car parking will be moved to the west while disabled and 20min waiting will remain within the forecourt area and benefit from an improved layout. The crossing on Western Esplanade to the east of the station will be upgraded to enhance connections for people walking and cycling to
the International Maritime Promenade and the City Centre.

The scheme will provide an enhanced and dynamic space for all users through the use of improved materials and layout, dedicated feature passenger waiting lounge with up-to-date travel information and improved connection to other key parts of the city and port.

Construction date: Spring 2023 to Autumn 2023

Please note, CGI is a representation of how the scheme may look and is subject to change.