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Railway Station and Brunel Plaza

What are we doing?

We are working with Network Rail, GWR and the University of Plymouth to transform the area around the railway station and create Brunel Plaza – and a much better welcome for people arriving by train.

This is a major and long-term regeneration plan – but parts of this complex scheme have now been successfully delivered.

InterCity Place: facilities for health professions, nursing and midwifery - University of Plymouth – the tower above the station, has been refurbished as a new Faculty of Health for the University and is now open to students of the University’s School of Allied Health Professions, and School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Other aspects of the project include:

  • concourse improvements
  • the façade upgraded and a more modern shopping space created
  • a new multi-storey car park  
  • e-bike and e-car hub hire
  • a new public space in front of the entrance to create a better welcome.

As well as the opening of InterCity Place, redundant buildings have been demolished and a new gateline – twice the size of the old one – has been installed.

The entrance to the station from North Road East has been reconfigured and there is now a roundabout at the top. The approach to the station has been widened so that traffic leaving the planned new multi storey car park will be able to leave without going past the front of the station.

Beryl bikes now have a hub on Saltash Road near the station exit.

Planning permission has been granted for a new multi storey car park on the eastern side of the station. However, work on the car park would not start until 2027. More work to move GWR staff needs to be carried out first and we are working with GWR on the next phase of development, which will be new staff facilities.

Why are we doing this?

This is a key gateway into our city and we want it to look its best. Public transport needs to be the most attractive option for people. Pre-pandemic over 2.5 million people used the station, which has not had a significant update since the 1980s.

The new university faculty is now helping to train the next generation of much-needed health care workers and a prominent building has now been given a new lease of life.

What will it look like?

Intercity House
Brunel Plaza