First phase of Westgate railway station improvements gets underway

Photo John Horton

Work has started today (February 5) on the first phase of a three part improvement plan to Westgate railway station.

Improvement discussions have been ongoing between Westgate on Sea Town Council, Southeastern and Network Rail since October 2018.

The initial £125,000 cost  is the first stage of a seven figure investment which will take place over the next 12 months. The works underway now include the opening of a new waiting room on the London bound platform 1, new raised bedding areas created with railways sleepers, improved seating areas, the addition of new lighting, seagull proof bins, new community notice boards, all areas of plant overgrowth cut back and cleared, repointing and fixing of brickwalls and the station weeded and deep cleaned.

Photo John Horton

Stage Two of the Southeastern plan will see updated CCTV, new electronic information boards, additional passenger shelters, the platforms having new tarmac and a repaint of the station in the original Heritage colours.

Stage Three will be the replacement the main footbridge from the ticket office to platform 1 and will be carried out by Network Rail.

All works are to be done with minimal disruption to passengers and residents.