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Gravesend station reopens after Christmas redevelopment work

PUBLISHED: 17:33 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:33 06 January 2014

The first train arrives at the redeveloped Gravesend station on Monday morning.

The first train arrives at the redeveloped Gravesend station on Monday morning.

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Gravesend station has reopened after being closed for 15 days during the Christmas period to upgrade facilities as part of £19m redevelopment work.

A new third platform and a footbridge have been installed with lifts allowing step-free access for all customers.

The platforms - now named - 0,1 and 2 - have been lengthened to allow 12-car trains to call at Gravesend, ensuring 3,500 extra seats are now available on trains.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, said: “The new platforms are an important part of boosting capacity in Kent and will be able to accommodate longer trains which will provide more space and seats for passengers.

“Completing work of this nature is never easy but it was carefully planned at a traditionally quieter time of the year to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Councillor Brian Sangha admitted that his constituents had been irritated by the timing of the redevelopment, but added the work has made “a big, big improvement” to the station.

He said: “I have had a chance to see the station.

“I think its a big, big improvement. It has been well worth it.

“It will make life much easier in terms of access and getting the number of trains in and out of the platforms.

“A few complained that the inconvenience of the work happening over the Christmas break and some about the access of the roads around the station, but generally there was a feeling that we were going to get a much better station because of it.”

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