The footbridge at Snodland station, on the Medway Valley Line in Kent, is to be refurbished with new surfacing, tactile strips on platforms, handrails and staircase coverings.
Serving the village of Snodland and lying close to the banks of the River Medway, the station is 36 miles down the line from London Charing Cross via Strood and is situated between Halling and New Hythe. It has two platforms, linked by a lattice girder footbridge that also acts as a public footpath, by-passing the adjacent level crossing.
The trains that call at Snodland station are operated by Southeastern, which also manages the station. There are two departures per hour to Maidstone West and Paddock Wood, with some trains continuing to Tonbridge at peak times, while in the other direction trains continue as far as Strood. High speed services stop at Snodland between Maidstone West and London St Pancras in both directions at peak times.
Station manager Caroline Wallis commented: “We’re always wanting to do more for our passengers here at Snodland, and this upgrade to the footbridge by Network Rail will enhance the station for everyone who uses it, with the new tactile paving making journeys easier for people with a visual impairment.”
The station has also recently benefited from a mural by renowned street artist Lionel Stanhope, supported by the Kent Community Rail Partnership. The mural depicts white trees which link to a local school – Five Acre Wood.
Network Rail route director for Kent, Fiona Taylor, said: “It’s great to be able to provide passengers and our neighbours at Snodland with a brighter bridge and better platforms, and our new mural also really lifts the station.
“Work is progressing well, and the new bridge will continue to serve the people of the area for decades to come.”
The work is due to be completed by the end of 2020.