Network Rail has completed a £500,000 upgrade at Edenbridge station to improve safety for passengers in Kent.
A new platform surface has been installed, reducing the gap between train and platform for passengers, while providing increased safety for all users.
In addition to the resurfacing work, track maintenance machines have also used the time to update the railway track, keeping it smooth and correctly aligned. This will allow for a more comfortable journey for passengers and freight trains.
The refurbishment was completed earlier than projected and without any major disruption to passengers and local residents.
Located on Albion Way towards the north of the town, Edenbridge Station is on the route from London Bridge to Tonbridge via Croydon and Redhill and is one of two stations serving Edenbridge in Kent.
Ian Hanson, Stations Director for Network Rail, said: “At Network Rail, keeping people safe on and around the railway is at the heart of everything we do.
“We’re continually working on a programme of upgrades that will make stations safer and this is a great example of how we are investing to meet the needs of local communities.”
Patrick Clements, Head of Safety & Environment (Infrastructure & Facilities) at Govia Thameslink Railway said: “We very much welcome this investment in passenger safety. It reduces the risk of tripping when boarding or alighting, and also helps passengers who have mobility difficulties.
“We identified Edenbridge as one of several priority stations for this type of improvement and it is an excellent example of successful joint working between our safety team and Network Rail’s Southern Region.”
Station platforms can be open to the elements and every effort is made to keep them hazard-free, but regular footfall and various environmental factors can make surfaces slippery or present unplanned obstacles.
This upgrade at Edenbridge station is just part of our efforts to give passengers a much smoother journey while keeping them safe, and forms part of the Kent Railway Upgrade Plan.