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Thanet Parkway station

The construction of the new Thanet Parkway station is on schedule, with passenger services due to be introduced in May 2023. 

We are delivering this £35.7 million programme of work that will increase connectivity to London and the wider Kent region.

The new station is located between Minster and Ramsgate stations and will be served by both mainline and high-speed trains. The station will include two platforms that will be able to accommodate 12-car trains. There will be lifts and stairs to access the platforms, ticket vending machines, waiting shelters, acoustic barriers, parking for 293 vehicles, bus stops, pick-up and drop-off zones, electric charging points, hearing loops, cycle storage, CCTV, seating, landscaping works and passenger help points to provide remote assistance for those who need it.

A new road will provide access to the station from the A299 Hengist Way with a new pedestrian and cycleway providing access to and from Cliffsend village.

The project is funded by:

  • South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) (Local Growth Fund) (£14 million)
  • Getting Building Fund (HM Government) (£12 million)
  • New Stations Fund (£3.4 million)
  • Thanet District Council (£2 million)
  • East Kent Spatial Development Company (£700k)
  • Kent County Council (the remaining funds).

For more information about the station project, visit the Kent County Council website.

Construction project update

Now that the piling / foundation work for the platforms, lifts and staircases has been completed, the site is beginning to resemble an actual railway station. Platform copers (concrete sections of the platform) along with the acoustic barriers have been installed.

The staircases including the lifts shafts along with the station forecourt are in the process of being constructed along with the new substation, car park and cycleway.

Cliffsend Level Crossing

We anticipate that the main station construction work will be complete by the middle of 2022, however work will continue in earnest elsewhere to prepare for the start of passenger services in May 2023.

Cliffsend level crossing will be converted from its current automatic half barrier crossing (two barriers lowered when a train approaches) to a crossing monitored by CCTV, which will include four barriers, which once in the lowered position will completely close Foads Hill when a train approaches. This is a much safer way of segregating trains from public roads and footpaths given the presence of the new station.

Level crossing safety and line speed improvement works

To ensure that existing journey times on this line of route are not extended due to there being an extra station for trains to stop at, we also need to carry out other level crossing safety and ‘line speed improvement work’.

Essentially, this means that we need to increase the speed of trains on certain sections of the line to make up for lost time. This requires changes to the track and signalling as well as additional safety measures to be implemented. Without this work, trains stopping at the new station would add up to 150 seconds to journey times for existing rail users.

In addition to the upgrade at Cliffsend, we need to enhance and therefore make safer level crossings at: Dibleys, Ships Meadow, Grove Ferry, and Sevenscore.

We will keep this project page updated as we complete different milestones.

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