Network Rail has awarded a contract to UK-based engineering firm C Spencer to carry out an upgrade at Gravesend station to improve railway services in Kent, UK.
Construction on the £19m project is scheduled to commence in May 2013 and is expected be finished by May 2014.
The project will see the construction of a new platform designed to accommodate longer 12-car trains at the station.
Other work on the project includes the construction of a new footbridge, lifts and step-free access to all platforms.
Funding for the project is being provided by Network Rail and the UK government’s ‘Access for All’ programme.
Network Rail route managing director for Kent Fiona Taylor said: "While passenger numbers on the railway increase year-on-year, we continue to invest to provide the facilities and capacity to meet this demand."
The station will be closed for 15 days over the Christmas and New Year period, from 22 December 2013 to 6 January 2014, to carry out the major track layout changes and main station construction works.
Network Rail is working with train operator Southeastern to reduce the impact of the upgrade work on local rail services, and information about alternative travel arrangements will be made available in the future.
Southeastern’s head of customer services Sarah Boundy said that the Gravesend station upgrade project will allow the operator to run longer trains to meet the growing demand for services.
"Our priority however, while the works are underway over the Christmas and New Year period, is to ensure customers using our services through Gravesend are still able to make their journeys," Boundy said.
Image: C Spencer will carry out the upgrade at Gravesend station between May 2013 and May 2014. Photo: Clem Rutter