Major works agreed at our train stations

Major refurbishment works have been agreed at Deal and Dover Priory train stations.

At Deal, damp and mould on the walls will be addressed with canopy drainage in the next three weeks, according to Southeastern. This will be followed by replacing signage with vinyl and painting the footbridge, which will get a new deck and steps as part of a complete refurbishment between 2022 and 2023.

At Dover Priory, Network Rail says it has included major improvements to the footbridge in its next control period. It has also commissioned a report on works to the canopy on platform 2.

To address reported antisocial behaviour including "train surfing", a senior officer from British Transport Police has been allocated specifically to the Deal area.

The improvements follow a campaign led by myself and local resident Helen Charlton's volunteer groups Deal Station Gardeners and the Clean-up Crew.

I'm delighted rail bosses have stepped up to get our train stations back on track. Residents should be able to enjoy using these areas – without fear of being subjected to antisocial behaviour. We fought hard to get the High Speed service sweeping into the towns all day, every day, but investment in the stations was long overdue.

With increased police presence promised as well, the stations in Dover and Deal will hopefully be much nicer places for years to come.

Helen Charlton said: "I would like to express gratitude for the continuing efforts that are being made to the improve Deal Station.

"The very welcome news that Network Rail are finally set to improve some of the structures, and the Transport Police are to increase their staffing is indeed excellent, not only for the station and its staff but for the residents of Deal and its ever increasing number of visitors and commuters.

"We are delighted that our efforts and successful communication with our MP are paying dividends, and appreciate him taking up our concerns and pushing for action. We very much look forward to continuing our voluntary work with added enthusiasm."

Anyone interested in helping Helen and the Clean-up Crew should contact