Wednesday 22 Oct 2003


Region & Route:
| Southern
In line with our strategy to create partnerships with developers to deliver property schemes and focus resources on operating, maintaining and renewing the railway, announced in May this year, Network Rail can confirm that it has selected Countryside Properties as preferred developer of its landholding at Maidstone East station. Network Rail aims to provide improved station facilities as well as a multi-modal interchange. Countryside Properties plans to develop a mixed-use scheme including a Waitrose food and home store and residential units.  The partners will draw up a full development plan and a planning application will be generated. Further details of the scheme will be released once these are complete.

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