HomeInfrastructureNew look for Maidstone East

New look for Maidstone East


Passengers travelling through Maidstone East station will find their station has a new look as Network Rail has completed its new station entrance – the latest part of a £2.5 million project to expand the station and accommodate the increase in passenger numbers that is resulting from the town centre regeneration scheme being led by Kent County Council.

Due to be completed this spring, the upgrade will see a new spacious landscaped entrance, a new roof, an attractive glass front, which has just been added, and new facilities for passengers and staff, including a waiting room, café, ticket office and staff room.

Maidstone East is the main station in the town and has regular services to London. Work on the upgrade started in September 2019 and, despite some setbacks to the programme due to Covid-19 restrictions, the station will be ready to accept increased numbers of passengers once unrestricted travel returns.

The redevelopment is being funded by the rail industry, through the National Stations Improvement Programme, and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail.

Network Rail’s route director for Kent, Fiona Taylor, said: “This milestone is another step closer to the completion of our Maidstone East station transformation and is an excellent example of the railway working in partnership with local authorities and third parties for the benefit of passengers, communities and businesses in Kent.”

As well as being a boost to rail passengers, the redevelopment is a key part of Kent County and Maidstone Borough Council’s plans to regenerate the area around the station and create a gateway to the town.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Improvements carried out on major London route

A revamp of 1980s signalling systems over the weekend saw services stopped temporarily between London Victoria and East Croydon. Trains were diverted to London Bridge...

Northern takes control of major rail facility

Northern has confirmed it now has full control of Neville Hill depot in Leeds. Previously, the depot – along with its 550-strong staff of engineers,...

HS2 trains to be built in UK – but by whom?

German train maker Siemens has launched a legal challenge to HS2 awarding its rolling stock contract to a joint venture of Hitachi Rail and...
- Advertisement -

More news

Operator appeals for more considered use of emergency alarms

Passengers hitting the emergency alarms have cause 17 hours of delay in only half a year for one operator. From 1 April to 4 September...

Rail safety cyber security expert lands professor role

Rail safety cyber security specialist Dr Emma Taylor has taken up the role of visiting professor at Cranfield University. The appointment involves lecturing in the...

Night Tube set to return next month

After being suspended because of the pandemic, Transport for London (TfL) has said that the Night Tube is set to make a comeback in...