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.
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.