Work has started on installing a new footbridge at Chatham Station as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment.
Today, the old bridge connecting the platforms has been removed with a new assembly to replace it under the Access for All program.
The initiative is designed to provide step-free access for the first time, making it easier for wheelchair and pram users as well as passengers with mobility challenges.
The contract is being executed by Network Rail and the general overhaul is expected to be completed in May of next year.
Other improvements include the resurfacing of platforms and drainage works.
Elevators will connect the already modernized ticket office and the two platforms.
The existing walking routes through the station have been temporarily altered and part of the parking lot has been closed while work continues until tomorrow.
Our engineers are making great progress across #Kent this weekend, including replacing old footbridges at#Gillingham & GreenStreet and #ChathamStation & #HitherGreen resignalling work. Thank you for following Government guidance,as we continue to improve the railway! pic.twitter.com/9FNqafaWT1
— Network Rail Kent and Sussex (@NetworkRailSE) May 2, 2021
A major regeneration project aimed at reviving previously dilapidated areas near the station started at the end of 2018.
The aim has been to create clearer links between the train station, Chatham town center and the bus station.
It is part of Medway Council’s Chatham Placemaking initiative, which emerged after the authority secured £ 700,000 from the government’s Local Growth Fund.
The whole situation saw improvements at the New Cut Junction, St. John’s Square, Military Square, and Military Road.
During the holiday weekend, Network Rail carries out earthworks from Ashford to Hastings and from Folkestone to Dover Priory, as well as testing of new signage in Gillingham.
Resigning work is underway between Hither Green and Chislehurst.
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