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26 Mar 2021

Kidbrooke's new station 'built back better'

Kidbrooke's new station 'built back better': Kidbrooke 26032021-018

  • New building supports nearby development of 5,000 homes
  • Station will be ‘gateway’ that Kidbrooke Village can be proud of
  • New ticket office replaces interim station building

Southeastern’s new station building at Kidbrooke opened for business on Friday morning, supporting the 5,000 new homes next to the station in Berkeley’s Kidbrooke Village development.

A new ticket office at the station will greatly improve the passenger experience through increased capacity and a pleasant environment both in front of the station and within the ticket hall. The building will provide an impressive gateway to this part of London, complementing the surrounding development. Ticket vending machines are also provided for times when the ticket office is closed.

Delivery of the new station at Kidbrooke was a collaboration between Berkeley, Network Rail and Southeastern, with the objective being to deliver a new flagship station building as part of the Kidbrooke Village development. 

As part of the project, each of the delivery partners needed to work closely together to ensure the work could be completed to support both passengers and railway staff, as well as integrating with the wider Berkeley regeneration scheme in the vicinity of the station.

David Wornham, Passenger Services Director for Southeastern, said:

“We’re always wanting to do more for our passengers, and rail passengers in Kidbrooke now have a station built back better of which they can be proud. Regeneration has seen the area around Kidbrooke station transformed in the last ten years, to become a vibrant and modern place to live and work.

“We’re also pleased to have been able to work with Berkeley, who funded the new station, and who handled the planning process to ensure the new station sat comfortably amongst the wider regeneration strategy on what was the old Ferrier Estate.”

Paul Harwood, Network Rail’s Investment Director for the Southern Region, said:

“The new Kidbrooke Station is a great example of Network Rail working together with the private sector and train operator to massively improve an existing station - and some of this being achieved while working within the constraints that COVID-19 has had on construction activity.”

“The station was funded by Berkeley as part of their new Kidbrooke Village development and the delivery was very much a collaboration between Network Rail, Berkeley Homes and Southeastern trains. It was clear that local stakeholders wanted an easily accessible station, linked to local bus services, and which will deliver a better experience for the residents and businesses of Kidbrooke Village, so we are so pleased to be able to provide this.”

Karl Whiteman, Divisional Managing Director for Berkeley East Thames, said:

“Ensuring that the homes we build are well-connected is key to our regeneration vision for Kidbrooke Village. We’ve invested over £5 million in local transport facilities in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and this new station is a much welcome addition to the local area. “The station sits right next to the development’s village centre, providing a sustainable form of transport connecting residents and local people to London Bridge and Waterloo East in under 20 minutes. This means that Kidbrooke Village really does offer the best of both worlds – set within 136 acres of parkland, wetlands and open space with a range of amenities on the doorstep, yet still within easy reach of central London.”

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

Notes to editors

Kidbrooke was one of the original stations on the Bexleyheath line, and opened on May 1 1895. The original station buildings were replaced with more modern structures in the 1970s. In 2014 an interim station building was opened as part of the regeneration of the Ferrier Estate, before being replaced by the new station building. Today, the station serves trains on:

  • the Bexleyheath line to Lewisham, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross, and Barnehurst in the opposite direction.
  • the Dartford to London Victoria route via Denmark Hill, with some trains continuing to Gravesend in the opposite direction.

While landscaping works on the adjacent development at the front of station are completed, the station will only be accessible from the entrance on the platform.

About Kidbrooke Village

Located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Kidbrooke Village is one of London’s most significant new neighbourhoods. £1 billion is being invested to create a place which has beautiful homes and a vibrant community; this regeneration is the result of a partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Greater London Authority.

The homes at Kidbrooke Village are set among 136 acres of parkland and open space featuring meadows and wetlands rich in plant and wildlife. Berkeley has brought on board the London Wildlife Trust, experts in biodiversity, to help deliver this vision for the parks.   

Kidbrooke Village offers residents an inviting and sustainable modern community in one of London’s most desirable boroughs. When complete it will consist of 4,966 homes of mixed tenure, 35 per cent of which are affordable. Achievements to date include over 1,800 new homes, including 170 specially designed Senior Living homes, alongside new parks, village squares and retail space – with 2019 a milestone year for new commercial openings. Kidbrooke Village is also home to the first Urban Houses – a new housing typology, the first in the UK to be designed and delivered by a large-scale developer. 

The regeneration has created over 15,030 new jobs including 86 apprentices working in partnership with GLLaB (Greenwich Local Labour and Business).

Berkeley in the Royal Borough of Greenwich

Berkeley has been investing heavily in the Royal Borough of Greenwich since 2000 and is currently delivering almost 10,000 new homes at Kidbrooke Village (near Blackheath) and Royal Arsenal Riverside (Woolwich). It is now progressing plans for a further 1,700 homes in Plumstead. 


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