A long-awaited scheme to provide better access to Bridgwater Station and improve the forecourt is due to start next week.
The £1.2m project will be delivered by Great Western Railway and funded by Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council using money secured from the Department for Transport and the developers of the Hinkley Point scheme.
The station forecourt is currently dominated by cars which makes it uninviting for pedestrians and cyclists. Taxis have to use an off-street parking area for pick up and drop-offs, while there are no facilities for buses and the nearest bus stop is 200m away.
The new public realm will make better use of the available space, allowing buses to access the station, creating spaces for taxis and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. Car parking will continue to be catered for within an improved car park layout
The café, which is currently mobile and parked outside the station, will be rehomed within the station buildings.
The provision of the enhanced forecourt also forms part of the wider Celebration Mile project and will allow the station to act as a sustainable transport hub for the commuters, businesses and private passengers.
A spokesman for Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council said: “This scheme has been in development for some time and we’re pleased GWR now has a confirmed date for delivery.
“The upgrade will not only make the station much more attractive to look at, it will also make a real difference to public transport users by improving access and connecting bus and rail travel.”
Works begin on Monday 20 May and are expected to take around 20 weeks. There will be temporary loss of parking while work is underway but a temporary car park will be in place on the college side accessed from Clarks Road.