Bishop's Stortford Goods Yard development: Railway station changes to affect residents, motorists and passengers
Residents, motorists and train and bus passengers will be affected by changes around the railway station from Monday (June 3) as the £200m Bishop's Stortford Goods Yard regeneration scheme starts to take shape, its developer has announced.
Solum – a joint venture between Keir Property and Network Rail – is providing more than 550 new homes, a station square, an 85-bed Premier Inn hotel, shops, offices and transport enhancements on a brownfield site of 14.4 acres (5.8 hectares).
Work started eight months ago on the first phase, which includes:
- a new link road just for buses through the site, connecting Station Road and Dane Street with London Road;
- a new transport interchange and square outside the station;
- and the first of two multi-storey car parks.
The multi-storey, which will also provide bicycle storage, is expected to be completed by September. The bus link road, interchange and station square – including a bus stop directly outside the station – will be in use by the end of the year.
There will also be improved pedestrian and cycle links from the station to the town centre and the River Stort.
In preparation for these new features, Solum has announced the following changes, some of which take effect this week (commencing June 3):
- Closure of the station approach road – Dane Street will remain open between the Hockerill Street roundabout and Station Road;
- Removal of the drop-off and pick-up points outside the station from Wednesday (June 5) – these will be replaced by a free, time-limited pick-up and drop-off area in the station car park;
- Relocation of the taxi rank to the car park from Monday (June 3);
- Diversions to the routes of the 308 and 309 buses, which will temporarily run every 45 minutes instead of 30 minutes, from Wednesday (June 5);
- Signposted changes to pedestrian routes around the site from Wednesday (June 5).
Matthew Serginson, Solum's development director, said: “Our development will regenerate the Goods Yard site, bringing new homes, retail space, a link road that will cut down passenger travel time to and from the train station and a new bus interchange.
"Local residents will see the completion of the new link road and bus stops in the near future. Whilst we are excited to deliver these aspects of the project, delivering them may bring some minor disruptions which we aim to minimise as much as possible."
Residents who experience any issues are advised to contact Solum by calling 0800 038 5850 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Bishop's Stortford Good Yards project is available online at www.goodsyardsite.co.uk.
Solum specialises in building homes on brownfield land next to railway stations. So far, it has completed projects at Walthamstow and Southwark in London, Epsom in Surrey, Haywards Heath in Sussex and Christchurch in Dorset. It is currently delivering new schemes at Twickenham, Kingswood and a second phase at Walthamstow, and has planning approval for a major regeneration project at Guildford.
BISHOP'S STORTFORD GOODS YARD SCHEME: PHASE 1
Station and transport enhancements
- New bus link through the site connecting Station Road / Dane Street with London Road
- New transport interchange and station square outside the station
- Multi-storey car park
- New cycle parking
- Improved 'public realm' around the station
- 149 new homes
- 85-bed Premier Inn hotel
- Retail units
LATER PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT
- Second multi-storey car park providing extra station parking
- Better pedestrian and cycle links from the station to the town centre and river
- 400-plus new homes
- 55-bed care home
- New riverside walk
- Open space
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