Winchester City Council (WCC) has published exhibition boards and proposals about new plans for Winchester Station Approach on the  Council website

You can also download a feedback form. Do send in your views - deadline 19 March.

At first sight there appear to be many improvements over the last proposals for the area:

  • Helpful references to the need to develop the proposals for the station alongside the Movement Strategy
  • Good pedestrian circulation space
  • A clear acknowledgement that the station has a lot of entries and exits for rail passengers (5.1m), and even a 1% increase in  2016/17 (compared with an 8% decrease on SWT as a whole)
  • Retaining the registry office
  • A clear diagonal route pedestrian route across the site (albeit with right angles)
  • Promotion of Winchester Club buildings to be a site feature
  • An entrance to Cattle Market / Worthy Lane car park on Andover road (though not Worthy Lane).

There is much in the proposals that WinACC welcomes. We would also like to see some significant changes:

  • Removal of all parking from the Carfax site (except for parking for people with reduced mobility):
    • cars wishing to access the parking will add to the congestion and pollution outside Westgate and at Carfax Junction
    • car parks under or in buildings, as suggested, will make the buildings bulkier, more expensive and carbon-intensive to build
    • there is already plenty of other parking provision in the area; and
    • the site is the site in Winchester most easily accessible by train, which should be encouraged, and reduces the need for parking on the site.
  • Re-appraisal of the design of the Station Square to ensure that buses do not dominate the public realm.
  • Abandonment of the one-way busway option; this will cause harmful delays to inbound bus journeys.
  • Explicit designs for cycling to be added to the proposals for “walking routes”.
  • Relocation of the proposed taxi pick-up point to accommodate the high numbers of taxis and reduce conflict with buses.
  • Comprehensive standards for low-carbon building design.

Please share your thoughts with WinACC at as well as the City Council.

WCC has held events to show what progress has been made and to collect feedback on the masterplan for Station Approach. Do go to the last two if you can, to help guide the design for the area:

Saturday 17 March from 10am to 12 noon: public exhibition at the Swan Hotel in Alresford

Saturday 17 March from 3pm to 5pm: public exhibition at King’s Church in Bishop’s Waltham

Everyone is welcome.

In June 2018, the Cabinet (Station Approach) committee will meet to discuss the scheme and approve the concept designs in preparation for a planning application to be submitted later on in 2018.