Work on redeveloping the railway station in Stanford Le Hope could soon resume following a series of major setbacks.
Thurrock Council is looking to regenerate the railway station with new passenger facilities including toilets and retail space but the project has been plagued with delays.
The problems were so extensive the entire project had to be put on hold and completely redesigned but council bosses are now set to bring that pause to an end.
New council papers show that the authority is ready to find a new contractor to work on the project.
Once assigned it will undertake the work in two phases. The first will centre around widening the platform, redeveloping the station forecourt and the construction of a new footbridge.
The second phase will focus on what the council has called a “transport hub” on the opposite side on London Road. This will provide bus and taxi access, along with improved car parking and cycle storage.
A council report states: “The location of the station in Stanford Le Hope can be prone to congestion at peak times due to its location and the site being constrained by Mucking Creek, London Road, and the existing railway crossing.
“However, this new station and transport hub concept, based on the purchase of the additional land on the opposite side of London Road – the former Daybreak Windows site – is designed to relieve much of this congestion.
“Developed as part of the travel plan for London Gateway DP World, the design will facilitate easy and convenient park and ride services for commuters and general travellers to and from London and the surrounding area.
“It is also hoped this facility will help satisfy the demand for parking in Stanford Le Hope generally.”
Council bosses are expected to decide on whether the project is ready to go out to a new contractor on Wednesday.
The authority is under pressure to get the scheme right this time around after Labour councillor Martin Kerin, former chair of the Planning, Transport, Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee, called for a complete investigation into how the project had gone so wrong.
He said in May he wanted “a complete review of the original project” including details of the overspend and time delays along with a second investigation into the revised version of the project.
Conservative councillor Mark Coxshall, who has overseen the borough’s regeneration projects, has defended the changes to the project saying they will “set the tone for future high-quality development across the borough” and “encourage more people to use local businesses”.
The station project is one of two major regeneration projects to have hit severe delays as a result of costs and design problems, with plans to widen the A13 also facing severe delays and has gone over-budget by £41million.