There will be no advantages in reopening the historic railway station in Central Boscombe, a café manager in the area has claimed.
Keith Woodward, manager of King’s Park Café, situated less than 50 feet from AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, has suggested all plans to reopen the station will be unnecessary.
“There’s already a station at Pokesdowne and Bournemouth, why do we need another so close to them? At the moment, its busy enough as it is, I don’t think we could take any more customers (from the new station)”.
Issues have been raised regarding traffic in the area, and with AFC Bournemouth confirming plans to construct a new 25,000 capacity stadium in King’s Park, alleviating of traffic is an important issue.
“The traffic will need improving when they go ahead and build a new stadium… But I don’t think the station will help with this, because it’s not the away fans causing the problems, it is the local traffic and local supporters.
“To tell you the truth, I do not think there will be any advantage at all”.
AFC Bournemouth have set the summer of 2020 as a realistic target for the completion of their new stadium, however, nearby businesses still maintain that reopening of Boscombe Station is not necessary.
Ben Alcroft, a mechanic at nearby Motor-Vation, suggests that the station would only really be useful on match days.
“It might help if it’s only open on the football days. Because on football days it’s gridlocked everywhere.
“On normal days, it’s completely fine”.
Boscombe Railway Station closed in 1965, after nearly 70 years of serving the former Royal Victoria Hospital, the town centre and the then-Dean Court.
Yesterday, hope for a reopening was ignited when Councillor Mike Greene, cabinet member for transport, said he would put the idea to South Western, the current franchise holder, at a meeting later this month.
Despite opposition from local businesses, Cllr Ann Filer, a cabinet member on Bournemouth Council, maintains that reopening the station would have benefits for the area.
“I don’t think its necessary… But it is desirable”
“I do support the bid, I think with all the increasing gridlock and traffic that it would be an excellent move, especially as AFC Bournemouth are in the Premiership.
“I don’t think the station is only necessary for match days. We are building a lot more houses, we have ambitions to build them very near to that area and more people can be encouraged to use public transport instead of cars, which will be a very good thing.
“I don’t think it is necessary, but it is desirable”.