Swanley station in Kent will welcome passengers returning to the railway as the COVID-19 restrictions lift with a brand-new ticket office and station entrance building.
The improvements, which have been delivered by Southeastern and Network Rail, have been funded by Sevenoaks District Council through the Community Infrastructure Levy (£750,000) and Kent County Council through its Local Growth Fund (£1.5 million), via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
Compared to the old building, the new one includes additional CCTV and improved lighting, while a new one-way system introduced to the station’s approach road will improve air quality and traffic flow. Network Rail also renovated the footbridge, repairing and repainting it and replacing the canopy.
David Wornham, Southeastern passenger services director, said: “We’re always wanting to do more for our passengers, and this new ticket office will provide a much modernised and accessible gateway to Swanley station.
“In partnership with Network Rail we’ve also been able to refurbish the existing footbridge to improve the station further for passengers, while ensuring that the approach to the station is easier for everyone using it, ensuring that the station’s carbon footprint is lower.”
Cllr David Brazier, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “I’m delighted to see the new station for the people of Swanley is now open for business.
“This project has greatly improved the look of the station and provides significant economic and environmental benefits.
“As well as improving access to the station, it will help reduce congestion, with a greater emphasis on encouraging pedestrians and bicycles.”