Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy has officially opened the new station building that is part of the Kidbrooke Village development.
The new Kidbrooke station building, which actually opened to passengers in March, offers a much-improved travel connection for the wider community and the residents of 5,000 new homes in the Berkeley Homes development surrounding the station.
The new ticket office at the station will help to improve the passenger experience through increased capacity and ticket vending machines are also available if the ticket office is closed. The modern ticket hall and station frontage is designed to integrate with the Kidbrooke Village development that surrounds it.
Funded by Berkeley Homes, the station building was constructed by Network Rail and will be operated by Southeastern.
Sir Peter, alongside representatives from Berkeley Homes and Southeastern, cut a ribbon to officially open the new station. A choir from the Holy Family Primary school, which is close to the station, then sang before the unveiling of a community library in the ticket office. This was followed by a small, socially distanced reception for those who were involved in the construction of the station.
The official opening was conducted with strict Covid-19 compliance and numbers were limited to less than 30.
Sir Peter Hendy said: “It was a privilege to open the new Kidbrooke Station today. It is a great example of Network Rail working together with a strong private sector developer, Berkeley, and with the train operator, South Eastern, to massively improve an existing station.”
“What’s been delivered is a station which is a truly integrated, including links to local bus services, walking and cycling, which will deliver a better experience for passengers and local residents.”
Southeastern Passenger Services Director, David Wornham said: “We always look to provide the best possible passenger experience and I’m really pleased that the people of Kidbrooke have a new station building they can be proud of. It’s a fantastic modern facility that really complements the high specification of the Village. The feedback from both our staff and passengers is very positive indeed.”
Kidbrooke was one of the original stations on the Bexleyheath line, and opened on 1 May 1895. The original station buildings were replaced with more modern structures in the 1970s. In 2014, an interim station building was opened as part of the regeneration of the Ferrier Estate, before being replaced by the new station building.
Today, the station serves trains on the Bexleyheath line to Lewisham, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross, and Barnehurst in the opposite direction, and on the Dartford to London Victoria route via Denmark Hill, with some trains continuing to Gravesend in the opposite direction.