c2c will be starting an upgrade of Upminster and Chafford Hundred stations planned to commence in June.

At Upminster, the four-month project involves modernisation of the main booking hall, redecoration and a new ceiling to make the area more inviting for customers.

At Chafford Hundred, the project, which is also expected to last for four months, involves the refurbishment of the booking hall and waiting areas to make the station lighter, brighter, and easier for people to buy their tickets.

The planned works follow the recent upgrades to Grays and Ockendon stations and the lower ticket hall at Upminster, which are part of a £17m plan to transform all the stations on the c2c route.

c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “The refurbishment of two of our key stations are part of a long term plan to transform the buildings and improve the facilities for our customers. We have already made significant improvements at a number of our other stations, which have been received very positively by customers. This is the next step in our programme of upgrades to stations all along the c2c route.”

For the duration of the work at Upminster and Chafford Hundred, special arrangements will be made to allow access to both main ticket halls and booking offices. Customers will also be able to access Upminster’s Platform 1 directly from the car park during the morning peak via the side entrance to ensure they will not face a detour at the busiest times. Customers with accessibility requirements will be able to use an intercom to gain access at any time at both stations.