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Station of the Year

Ashford International Station has scooped a top national award for improving cycling provision after it was crowned the Station of the Year at the National Cycle Rail Awards 2010.

The judges said: “Ashford’s focus on increasing cycle parking capacity, ensuring security and determined efforts to improve cycling and promote more sustainable travel options for commuters, meant their bid was a clear cut winner.”

Visitors to Ashford International are now greeted by a bigger, brighter and better station follow the completion of works to revamp the station forecourt.

The £2.4 million improvements funded by Southeastern and Ashford’s Future include a larger booking hall, a new coffee bar and seating area, and improved lighting on the station concourse.

A further phase of works to improve access to and the appearance of the station area will begin in the spring.

Optimum Consultancy will be consulting on the initial designs in mid March.

For more information on the project.