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Station upgrade at Snodland now complete

Work to upgrade Snodland station has now been completed.

The £500,000 facelift has seen a makeover for the footbridge and tactile paving on platforms to keep visually impaired passengers safe.

The improved footbridge at Snodland Station
The improved footbridge at Snodland Station

There are also strips on handrails and staircase coverings.

Fiona Taylor, Kent route director for Network Rail, said: "The footbridge was in need of some care and attention.

"It’s now been restored to its former glory, while the tactile paving will help passengers to keep safe on platforms.

"We’re committed to providing the best possible environment for passengers and this project will improve the safety and appearance of this historic station for many years to come."

Station manager Caroline Wallis said: "This refurbishment has made a big difference to the station!"

Tactile paving has been installed for the visually impaired
Tactile paving has been installed for the visually impaired

The station is on the Medway Valley Line, 36 miles down the line from Charing Cross.

There are two departures per hour to Maidstone West and Paddock Wood, with some trains continuing to Tonbridge at peak times, while in the other direction trains travel to Strood.

High speed services between Maidstone West and London St Pancras stop at Snodland in both directions at peak times.

A mural created by Lionel Stanhope and supported by the Kent Community Rail Partnership depicts white trees which link to a local school - Five Acre Wood's satellite branch at Holmesdale School in Snodland.

Therese Hammond, project officer at Kent Community Rail Partnership, said: "We are looking forward to welcoming pre-Covid passenger numbers back to the station, when safe to do so, to enjoy these improvements."

The revamped Snodland Station
The revamped Snodland Station

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