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Plans for Purfleet-on-Thames new railway station progressing

Thurrock Council officially received a formal planning application in April for a new rail station in in Purfleet-on-Thames, showing progression from a scheme originally devised in 2016.

The plans were submitted via a local organisation with the ambition to regenerate the local area, which has now since been validated and will likely be put to the councils planning committee at a later point this year.

These plans for the new railway station will come as part of an overall regeneration project worth £1bn and will serve as the replacement to the existing station in Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex.

The plans for this overarching project were originally put forward in 2016, winning outline planning permission two years later. Accompanying the new railway station will be the building of 2,850 new homes, with the layout, designs, and landscaping awaiting approval.

Progression since the initial plans have been slow, drawing ire from local MP borough MP Jackie Doyle-Price, who said:

“It is now four years since I said I had no confidence in Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited to deliver the regeneration of Purfleet. It is barely any further forward since then.

“The people of Thurrock are becoming very cynical about the promises made to them. None of us want to be embarrassed by failure to deliver what we have promised.”

Though the project has been slow in delivery over the years, if approved and finalised, the new station will house a ticket office, station footbridge, office spaces along the platform canopies, with pedestrian and cycle access.

This footbridge will be infrastructurally key as it is planned to form the main access to the station, built as two blocks adjacent to the two platforms.

Plans currently have the station’s ticket office and staff accommodation located on the concourse along with the toilets.

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