Work to progress the major redevelopment of Stanford-le-Hope railway station is now moving at pace following the successful planning application in the summer.
Thurrock Council shared invitations to tender in September after asking for expressions of interest in August. The council's Planning Committee granted planning approval in July, after the committee deferred a decision in February.
The 3-month tender exercise will conclude in December and will see a Network Rail-approved contractor appointed in the New Year. The contractor will then complete the crucial next stage of detailed design works and assessments before spades hit the ground in summer 2022.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet member for regeneration, strategic planning, and external relationships, said: "Stanford-le-Hope needs and deserves a fit-for-purpose modern station that is accessible to everyone and safe. Moving this forward has been challenging for everyone involved but I am pleased to say we can now get the job done for the residents of Stanford-le-Hope, Corringham, Fobbing and Horndon on the Hill.
"The new station will provide an improved facility for passengers and a huge improvement on the look and feel of the local area. We are committed to building the right infrastructure to support our communities and I want to thank the residents of Stanford who have helped us get to this exciting stage."
The new station will feature step-free access from the street, wider platforms with covered waiting areas on the London-bound side, increased cycle storage, and facilities for a coffee vendor. A footbridge with lifts will also be installed to help improve accessibility.
The council will continue to work with local residents and stakeholders including c2c, Network Rail and DP World as plans progress and welcomes feedback. Find out more about the project at thurrock.gov.uk/stanford-le-hope-growth