WORK is set to begin the renovation of an old section of railway track in Weymouth as part of a £1million upgrade to the town’s station.
The old railway line between King Street and the Jubilee Retail Park, part of the old Port Tramway, will be transformed into a new cycle and pedestrian link, which could also become a railway heritage park.
Dorset Coast Forum, the company coordinating the work, said it was awaiting a final agreement with Network Rail, as well as the area to be cleaned up – which it has now.
A Dorset Coast Forum spokesperson said: “Work will begin in March on the redundant section of railway between King Street and Jubilee Retail Park, where this area will be transformed into an attractive cycle and pedestrian link.
“Work can finally start after final agreement from Network Rail, with the site already cleared and ready for construction.
“In this area the old harbor tram line has been retained and with interpretation and attractive planting will transform the area and be a reminder of Weymouth’s railway heritage potentially becoming a local railway heritage park.”
Work has recently taken place as the station forecourt begins to ‘take shape with new curved planted areas and paving being laid’ and ‘walkways and the vehicle transit route are also underway of construction”.
The improvements are part of a wider £1million upgrade to Weymouth station, which also includes a new forecourt, a new transport link and a refurbished car park.
The project was given the green light in October despite criticism from councilors who described the project as “half-baked” and “falling short” of the city’s needs.
However, the plans have been implemented and designers have now been appointed to produce a variety of ideas for decorating the forecourt.
The spokesperson added: ‘We have now appointed design consultants, Smith and Jones, who will work with our partners to produce a range of colourful, contemporary and creative interpretive designs for the station forecourt, the park of the railway heritage and an area of Cosens Quay where the track has been preserved.
“We thank station users and the local community for their patience as work continues.”