Main works on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link's Thames Gateway station were completed this week. Ebbsfleet International sits east of the M25 between Dartford and Gravesend in Kent and will be the second stop for Eurostar trains heading out of London's St Pancras after Stratford International.
London and Continental Railways (LCR) chief executive Rob Holden said: 'This station is hugely important, both as a major international and domestic hub for high-speed rail, and as an active catalyst for regeneration.'It's strategically located between Dartford and Gravesend, and with 9,000 car park spaces will be the ultimate park-and-ride station, with the M25, M20, M2 and A2 all nearby.' Ebbsfleet is a bridge station made up of 500t of structural steel and 2,200m2 of glass, sitting above six platforms. Engineer on the station was Rail Link Engineering (RLE).Following a final fit out, international services will leave the station from autumn next year, with domestic high-speed trains operating by 2009.Ebbsfleet is expected to become Kent's busiest international station, forcing Eurostar to cut the number of trains leaving Ashford, including a stop on all services to Brussels. NCE is producing a special CTRL supplement on 9 November along with LCR and RLE to celebrate the completion of this landmark project.