A brand new station building has opened at Swanley, providing a gateway to this vital commuter railway station as passengers return to rail.
Delivered by Southeastern and Network Rail working in partnership, the new ticket office, entrance building and associated improvements have been funded by Sevenoaks District Council through the Community Infrastructure Levy (£750,000) and Kent County Council through their Local Growth Fund (£1.5m), via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
The new building includes additional CCTV and improved lighting compared with the old entrance, while a new one way system introduced to the station’s approach road will improve air quality and traffic flow.
Network Rail’s work on the footbridge included the removal and replacement of the canopy, with a new protective paint applied, repairs to the stairs, steelwork repairs, the replacement of glazing and new external cladding.
David Wornham, Passenger Services Director at Southeastern 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.”
Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council said:
“I am so pleased that Sevenoaks District Council has been part of this project, working closely with Southeastern and Kent County Council to bring a modern new railway station to town.
“This shows our ongoing commitment to Swanley and is just one of a number of significant investments we are making in the town for the benefit of residents and visitors.”