Work is to begin on improving Southampton’s bus and rail facilities as part of a major regeneration scheme.
Balfour Beatty Living Places is carrying out the Station Quarter project for the south coast city’s council, South West Trains and Network Rail.
The scheme, which has received more than £4M from the government, has already created the Canal Shore heritage feature on the route between the station and the city centre.
Phase two started this week and will see a bus interchange facility built on Wyndham Place as well as transformation of the rail station forecourt to pedestrian use only.
An amphitheatre-style events space will be created outside of Frobisher House, while space outside Wyndham Court will receive improved lighting and seating.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment said: “The first phase of works has made a huge difference to the space around the Station Quarter; it already looks very smart and welcoming.
“The planned improvements to the forecourt – with greater accessible and usable community elements in the wider area, as well as improvements to connections with the rest of the city in phase two – will be an excellent addition to this important city gateway.”
Watch an interview with artist Chris Tipping about the Canal Shore installation below.