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Network Rail has confirmed the newly built railway station building for Kidbrooke in the Royal Borough of Greenwich is now open for passengers.
Thanks to a partnership between Network Rail, Berkeley and Southeastern, all three organisations have successfully developed and built the new station building to boost transport links following the development of the 5,000 homes in Kidbrooke Village.
Increased capacity across the station will make it easier for existing and new passengers to use the vital route into London for commuters.
The new ticket office has been designed to suit passengers’ needs, such as installing ticket vending machines to allow passengers to purchase tickets outside of ticket office hours.
Southeastern operate all passenger trains from the station, mostly serving commuters heading into and out of the Borough of Greenwich to London.
Anyone wishing to travel is reminded to follow government and TOC advice and guidance to ensure safety for passengers and staff working and keeping trains moving.
Passenger Services Director for Southeastern David Wornham 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.”
Network Rail’s Investment Director for the Southern Region Paul Harwood 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.”
Divisional Managing Director for Berkeley East Thames Karl Whiteman 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.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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