We will be making improvements to Sandwich Station ahead of The 149th Open in July 2020

The 149th Open will be played at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich from 12-19 July 2020. In advance of this international sporting event, we will be enhancing passenger capacity at Sandwich station to improve the experience for the thousands of spectators expected to be travelling by train. The work to improve the station is set to begin in November 2019 and conclude by May 2020.

We will be extending both platforms at the ‘Dover end’ of Sandwich station by 80 metres, so they can fully accommodate the 12-carriage trains that will operate during The Open. This also means the 12-carriage trains calling at Sandwich will not straddle the level crossing, causing less disruption to local traffic.

Within the station itself, a new stepped footbridge will be added to provide a link between the extended platforms, along with a new walkway from the extension on platform one. This will provide spectators with a more segregated and direct route towards Royal St George's Golf Club which avoids local roads and streets.

A new entrance is also being created on platform one to assist with the movement of spectators to and from the station. The work is expected to speed up the time it takes to reach the golf course while keeping regular passengers and spectators attending The Open separate to ease passenger congestion at Sandwich station.

Project information for local residents

We will make every effort to minimise the impact of our work on local residents while this upgrade is completed. Due to the nature of this work some noise disturbance is unavoidable, but our staff and contractors have been briefed on working responsibly in the local community. Our site compound and welfare area will be located next to the station, behind platform one.

The majority of the work can be completed during daytime hours without affecting the railway. Our standard working times will be Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 18:00. There will be occasions when we need to work outside of these times and residents will be notified when this is expected to occur. These dates and times are also listed in the below table.

Impact on passenger services

The operation of the railway will also be mostly unaffected by our work, apart from the times when we have to work outside of our standard hours. Please check before you travel at National Rail Enquiries or with Southeastern, or see the below table.

Detailed programme of work

DateType of workLocal impactTrain service impact
Monday 9 September – late November 2019Site setup – creation of site compound and welfare area, survey work, vegetation clearance, cable diversions, ground investigations, power supply investigations.Low noise impact. Slight visual impact with change of appearance around station.None.
Late November 2019 – December 2019Main work begins. Micro-piles installed for new pathway. Excavation work for other piles. Low noise impact from machinery and micro-piling.None.
00:00 Saturday 14 December – 04:30 Sunday 15 December (24-hour working)Cable diversions and pre-demolition enabling work. Low noise impact from machinery. No trains will run along the coast between Dover Priory and Ramsgate (Saturday only).
January 2020 – February 2020Excavation and ground work. Removal of old platform ends. Low noise impact from machinery.None.
February 2020 – March 2020Installation of piles for footbridge.Low noise impact from machinery.None.
00:00 Sunday 8 March – 04:30 Monday 9 March (24-hour working)Installation of new platform decks. Refurbishment of existing footbridge.Medium noise impact from machinery and installation work. (more detail needed really)No trains will run along the coast between Dover Priory and Ramsgate (Sunday only).
00:00 Sunday 15 March – 04:30 Monday 16 March (24-hour working)Installation of new platform decks. Refurbishment of existing footbridge.Medium noise impact from machinery and installation work. (more detail needed really)No trains will run along the coast between Dover Priory and Ramsgate (Sunday only).
00:00 Saturday 28 March – 04:30 Sunday 29 March (24-hour working)Installation of new platform decks. Refurbishment of existing footbridge.Medium noise impact from machinery and installation work. (more detail needed really)No trains will run along the coast between Dover Priory and Ramsgate (Saturday only).
April 2020 – May 2020Mechanical and electrical work – fencing, lights, tactiles and paving. Low noise impact from machinery. None.
Saturday 16 MayMovement of crane to site ahead of footbridge installation.Temporary visual impact while crane is on site behind platform two. Crane will access site overnight.None.
00:00 Sunday 17 May – 04:30 Monday 18 May (24-hour working)Installation of new footbridge using crane.Medium noise impact from operation of crane and installation of new bridge deck. No trains will run along the coast between Dover Priory and Ramsgate (Sunday only).
Monday 18 May – Sunday 31 MayFinal testing, connecting and commissioning.Low noise impact. None.
Sunday 31 May 2020Project completion date.None. None.
Monday 1 June 2020 – Sunday 21 June 2020Site demobilisation – removal of site compound and welfare areas. Low noise impact. None.

Impact on local roads

We do not anticipate any impact on local roads or the station car park. No road or car park closures are required to complete the station improvement work.

More information

If you have any other questions or concerns, please telephone our 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 114141.