New images have been released showing how a major upgrade will transform an Essex commuter railway station.
During Stanford-le-Hope station’s transformation the old footbridge will be removed and a modern replacement installed providing direct and step-free access from the entrance.
New lifts will also ensure all passengers are able to move freely within the station, and platform one will be widened to ease overcrowding during peak hours and to further improve passenger safety.
The artist impressions, revealed by Thurrock Council, feature two new entrance structures with new barrier-free spaces, ticket offices and a retail grab and go provision. The canopy structures, with their translucent roof panels, will create airy, well-lit concourse spaces below.
To minimise the impact on the environment customer areas will be naturally ventilated and make maximum use of daylight. During the hours of darkness, intelligent LED lighting systems will be used throughout the station to reduce energy consumption and control light spillage.
Erik Behrens, the architect for the station and design practice director at AECOM, said: “We designed the station in a way which provides delight and a high-quality experience to the user. Its modern canopy structures lend the station a visual prominence and character that is open and all inviting.
“The new station will not only enhance all passenger experiences and safety, it will furthermore create a new gateway and communal space which holds the potential of becoming a catalyst for future developments in its surroundings.”
Thurrock Council will work with VolkerFitzpatrick, AECOM and wider stakeholders, including Network Rail and c2c, to deliver the new station scheme with enabling works starting this year.
Shadi Shekarrizi, AECOM’s rail director, added: “We will be looking into off-site construction methods to reduce the time required on site, and the amount of disruption and track or station possessions.”
Paul Lilley, operations director for VolkerFitzpatrick, added: “Our team is focused and working hard in the office to get everything ready for starting the physical work on Stanford-le-Hope Station. Our collaborative and methodical approach will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that progress is made safely and swiftly.”