Work on Dartford Station set to begin
PUBLISHED: 09:35 04 August 2011
»Long-awaited work on Dartford railway station is set to begin.
The multi-million pound refurbishment – which will see the existing station building demolished – will provide new ticket offices, toilets, parking and platform waiting facilities. Work had been expected to start at the beginning of the year but was delayed during the planning stage.
In order to keep the station open during the works – expected to last 15 months – the Civic Centre visitor car park must be closed to make room for a temporary ticket office.
Jeremy Kite, Dartford Council leader, said: “I know closing the car park while Network Rail build the station is a pain, but it is essential if commuters are to have the new station they deserve.
“It will be a much more practical, pleasant and modern environment for rail users.”
The £7million upgrade has been funded jointly through a Homes and Community Agency Grant, secured through the council, and the government.
Network Rail have given assurances to the three million rail users who travel through the station each year that services will not be affected during construction.
Dave Ward, Network Rail’s route director for Kent, said: “The upgrade of Dartford station is a big step forward and will make a big difference for the community.”