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Author Topic: Plymouth Station - refurbishment, improvements, timetable changes, events and incidents (merged topic)  (Read 37814 times)
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« Reply #90 on: April 17, 2014, 12:46:46 pm »

There were similar primary school montages in primary colours on the pillars supporting the roofs of the main platforms, depicting the local area. Calstock viaduct springs to mind. Are they still there ? Thanks for posting the other survivors. Not often you use two meanings of the word 'primary' in the same sentence!

you could develop that theme further if you were 'chuffed' about this report  Wink
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« Reply #91 on: April 17, 2014, 05:04:03 pm »

There were similar primary school montages in primary colours on the pillars supporting the roofs of the main platforms, depicting the local area. Calstock viaduct springs to mind. Are they still there ? Thanks for posting the other survivors. Not often you use two meanings of the word 'primary' in the same sentence!

I think you mean the artwork that was on the building at the west end of Platforms 3 and 4.  This was replaced by different artwork a few years ago and, yes, that's all still there.
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« Reply #92 on: July 08, 2016, 10:37:34 am »

Plymouth City Council have published a draft "vision" for the revamp of the station and approach.  Nowhere near being put into place, but encouraging nonetheless.  It includes escalators to climb the hill between the station forecourt and the top of Armada Way, which would be very welcome!

Story here:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/this-is-how-plymouth-s-railway-station-could-look-after-huge-revamp/story-29488476-detail/story.html
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« Reply #93 on: July 08, 2016, 12:05:58 pm »

Did anyone else misread that as 'Daft plan for Plymouth Station'!?
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« Reply #94 on: July 08, 2016, 12:16:37 pm »

You where not alone. Smiley
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« Reply #95 on: July 08, 2016, 06:41:53 pm »

Did anyone else misread that as 'Daft plan for Plymouth Station'!?
  ......historically most Plymouth City Council plans have been daft, courtesy of one Cllr Tudor Evans,  now thankfully no longer in power.
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« Reply #96 on: July 08, 2016, 09:07:50 pm »

I look forward to the escalator thing! I've the hill to look forward to in the morning!
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« Reply #97 on: May 17, 2018, 02:56:14 pm »

Plymouth's Railway Station and the £100 million pound question.
Government ministers want foreign investors to pay for the scheme, which includes a hotel and car park.
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/business/plymouths-railway-station-100-million-1575840
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« Reply #98 on: May 17, 2018, 05:06:18 pm »

There is currently an obsession with building hotels in Plymouth, (another one going up at Bretonside and on the Hoe) despite there being an oversupply already - there will be a huge boost in 2020 with Mayflower 400 but before and after that they will be white elephants - Graduation weekend, MTV Crash and the firework festival are the only occasions upon which hotels are anything approaching full in God's own city.

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« Reply #99 on: September 08, 2018, 08:30:57 am »

This is a press release from Plymouth City Council dated 4 September:

http://plymouthnewsroom.co.uk/plans-create-new-gateway-plymouth-railway-station-set-green-light/

"Plymouth’s plans to improve the city’s welcome for rail passengers and to regenerate the area around the station are under starter’s orders.

The Council’s plans to support the area’s transformation are to be given a green light with Cabinet being asked to approve a £26 million funding package when it meets on 11 September.

Building on the ambitious regeneration plans, GWR, working with the Council and Network Rail, is kicking off design work on proposals for the phased upgrade to the station concourse and customer facilities around it.

The aim would be for the first phase of concourse improvements to make it quicker and easier to use the ticket gateline at the station, and to improve the retail offer on the concourse and the platforms, in line with other stations of the size and importance of Plymouth.

This would be followed by a phase 2 scheme for further improvements to the environment in the concourse, including the concourse entrance and the front of the station. Following a design workshop with the Council, GWR, Network Rail and the University of Plymouth, the project team will work up design proposals for review.

Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans, said: “This kickstarts a pledge that we made to Plymouth in May that we would deliver a new gateway to Plymouth at the train station with a new entrance overlooking the city, a new car park and more spaces for business and retail.

“We’re leading on this regeneration, moving from the drawing board and concepts to planning real change on the ground. This is an extraordinarily complex scheme, but the timetable for much needed change is coming together.

“It’s really exciting and following hot on the heels of other major city centre projects including The Box and Drake Circus Leisure redevelopment.”

Managing Director for GWR Mark Hopwood said: “This is an exciting project for the city and for the railway. We have now started to operate brand new 10 car long distance trains to Plymouth and Cornwall, and we are delighted with the enthusiasm and willingness of our partners at Plymouth City Council and Network Rail to develop a project at Plymouth that will be great for our customers and will give Plymouth the standard of service and the quality of welcome that a city of its size and stature deserves.

“We are really pleased to have reached this next milestone and to kick off the design work for the concourse, alongside plans for a much improved car park and public realm.”

Later this month a planning application for change of use is to be submitted for Intercity House, which towers about the station, to be entirely rejuvenated and restyled.

The package of work being discussed at the Council’s Cabinet include demolishing the rail incident safety centre (RISC building) on the east side of the railway station to enable a new multi-storey car park to be built.

A new 469 space car park will be built on the site of the RISC building. It will have almost double the capacity of the existing car park, which is not well used as it is unsuitable for many modern cars and will be knocked down.

Also in the pipeline are plans to replace and modernise station staff accommodation, and significant new public space works including a direct pedestrian link to North Cross and the city centre. A new-look entrance off North Cross will also massively improve the pedestrian access to the station.

Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Steve Hindley CBE DL said: “The LEP’s Growth Deal includes a proposal to allocate £4.7m to this important scheme as part of the wider funding package. It’s crucial that we create the right conditions for growth in order to raise the productivity of the area, and transport links are a major factor that need our investment. I wish this project every success and look forward to seeing the scheme progress.”

The work is designed to unlock the regeneration of the area around the railway station which, when finished, will massively improve the welcome for visitors and commuters arriving in Britain’s Ocean City.

The number of commuters and visitors coming by train to Plymouth is on the increase but they get off the train here, it’s not the sea or the city centre that greets them, but a grim and dated multi-storey car park.

The timetable for work:

Enabling work to release the new MSCP site including moving staff accommodation
Concourse improvements
Tower refurbishment
RISC building demolished
New multi storey car park built
Demolition of existing car park
Development of new commercial sites
Public space work
The Council has been working with Network Rail, GWR and the University since 2015 to bring forward this regeneration. Last February the Government announced the project could get around £4.7 million as part of a package given to the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership. The scheme has already received some financial support through the One Public Estate, the Cabinet Office provided £700,000 for feasibility and planning work.

The Department for Transport has been supporting the project."
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« Reply #100 on: September 08, 2018, 09:50:45 am »

It's good news and I hope that the investment in a new station is matched by improved services.


InterCity House has been a half empty eyesore since I was a child so any improvement will be welcome, but to be honest the overall regeneration and infrastructure needs of Plymouth and its surrounding areas dwarf this project.

Knowing old Tudor, he will probably want a plaque on the wall...…...along with his statue alongside Drake on the Hoe!  Cheesy
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« Reply #101 on: September 08, 2018, 02:12:57 pm »

Well, I hope they don't ruin the concourse like they did at Euston..... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #102 on: September 08, 2018, 04:48:41 pm »

Well, I hope they don't ruin the concourse like they did at Euston..... Roll Eyes

Euston's just dreadful isn't it? I find myself heading up to Lancashire with work quite a lot at the moment and I think it's the worst of the London termini.
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« Reply #103 on: September 08, 2018, 05:27:35 pm »

Yes, went through Euston last Wednesday for the first time in many years.  Absolutely runied the former open space for the sake of a mezanine floor, and all those shop outlets.  I was based in the signalbox there for two years back in 1973 and used it every day.  It used to be light and airy.  Appalling waste of good 1960s architecture.

Anyway, back to Plymouth.  Interesting comment about the existing car park being unfit for 'modern cars'.  Been successfully parking mine there for the past 33 years without any problems.  More likely that 'modern drivers' not being able to drive, is the problem...... Tongue
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« Reply #104 on: September 08, 2018, 06:03:34 pm »

Modern cars are wider - presumably to provide better side impact protection. Some are much wider than others and these do not fit well in previous standard 2.4m x 4.8m spaces (8ft x 16ft in old money). The 4 wheel drive models are a particular problem. This is a more of a problem in older multi-storey car parks where there is typically a pillar every 2 or 3 spaces so cannot simply repaint the lines.   
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