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£7m upgrade for Dartford station

Dartford railway station is to benefit from further improvements in a £7m scheme. Work over the summer have provided a new station building, improved ticket office, fully accessible toilets and a more open concourse.

In November, the project will deliver better lighting, larger canopies and better waiting facilities. Platform extension works will allow the station to accommodate longer trains.

The work is funded from £6m through the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and £1m from the National Station Improvement Plan.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, said: “Dartford is a station which will have to accommodate an increasing number of passengers in future. This investment is vital to provide the facilities to meet that demand.

“It is also a key part of the wider development of the Dartford area. A growing railway, with modern infrastructure to support it, can only help to regenerate the surrounding area and boost the local economy.

“Working with our partners, we have been able to provide these improvements so that passengers using Dartford station have a better start or finish to their journey. As the number of passengers travelling by train continues to grow, we will do all we can to invest in the railway in Kent to provide the best possible service and facilities.”

Robert Moore, area manager for Kent at the HCA, said: “The updated station will not only be a great addition to Dartford and benefit the commuter, but it will act as a catalyst, adding value to other sites to be developed in the local and wider area, such as the old co-op in the town centre, which will be brought to market next year.”

Councillor Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: “I know that local passengers have put up with a lot during the building of our new station but now it’s here, I hope that it will seem worthwhile. It’s a modern, well-equipped station which the town has been waiting for and deserves.”

Charles Horton, managing director of Southeastern, said: “This major project is one of the biggest on our network and part of our ongoing commitment to invest in and improve rail services for our passengers. The station is an important gateway to Dartford and offers the vital first impression of the community. This is a fantastic new station and we’re really pleased with it – we hope our passengers are too.”

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Nonsuchmike   30/08/2013 at 13:34

Will the platforms be wider? Will there be easier access to (working) ticket machines? Will there be a better flow of passengers onto and away from the platforms? What about local park and riding? What about step-free access? Will people still be herded onto the trains like cattle, or will the trains run more frequently and more reliably? Of course they will!!!!

Ricp   30/08/2013 at 18:59

Dartford always has been a woefully inadequate station, and thanks to the self interest of Kent's Tory Councillors, the TfL overground style influence wont come here for a while until DafT are kicked in the backside by a minister with some with some teeth and a good boot! So Oyster ends at Slade Green. Silly Kent!

Kerry   03/09/2013 at 08:12

Can I ask, are they really keeping that hideous footbridge as it is? With it's horrible dated corrugated covering? It's depressing, dirty and always will be with a design that lends itself to people urinating in it as it's so enclosed.It totally ruins the new look of the station,its like baking a nice cake without putting the frosting in !A good example of a footbridge is the new one at Denmark hill,where they haven't cut corners

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