Network Rail is set to renovate Gravesend station from 22 December to 6 January 2014 with an investment of £19m from the UK Government’s Access for All programme.
The existing platforms will be extended to accommodate longer trains, while a third platform, new track layout and signalling will be built. In addition, a footbridge with lifts providing step-free access to all platforms will also be constructed.
Network Rail and train operator Southeastern will work together to minimise the disruption that will be caused during renovation and assist passengers in planning their journeys.
Network Rail Kent route managing director Fiona Taylor 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.
"The work has been carefully planned at a traditionally quieter time of the year to keep disruption to a minimum, the impact would have been far greater had it taken place over many weekends throughout the year."
The upgrade will allow Southeastern to run longer 12-car trains across the network, providing up to 3,500 extra seats and more space for passengers.
Southeastern customer services head Alison Nolan said: "We’ve worked closely with Transport for London and Fastrack buses to provide a range of alternative journey options while the station work is underway, but we realise it will be an inconvenience.
"We’ve written to customers directly and shared all the alternative journey options on our website to give people as much advanced notice as possible to plan ahead."
The renovation work, which will be carried out by Spencer Rail, will affect all metro and high speed services that run through Gravesend. Works are expected to be completed in May 2014.
Image: The upgrade will allow Southeastern to run longer 12-car trains across the network. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail