Apology over Gravesend station closure

Gravesend footbridge
Image caption The footbridge was lifted into Gravesend station by crane

Network Rail has apologised for disruption caused by the closure of a railway station in Kent over Christmas and New Year.

A third platform is being built at Gravesend which to allow the station to accept 12-carriage trains.

A new footbridge and lifts are also being built to provide step-free access to all platforms.

Bus and high-speed services will replace normal trains until the station reopens on 6 January.

A replacement bus service will be in place at Gravesend, Strood, Greenhithe, Meopham, Maidstone West (during peak hours) and Ebbsfleet International.

A high-speed service will run between Faversham and St Pancras International via Canterbury West and Ashford.

A new footbridge at Gravesend station, which is part of the £19m redevelopment, was lifted into position in November.

Fiona Taylor from Network Rail, said: "Passengers are advised to check before they travel to find out how the work at Gravesend station will affect their journeys this Christmas and New Year.

"I apologise for the disruption this essential upgrade will cause."

Work on the station is expected to be completed by May.

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