Upminster station has had a footbridge reopened by a train operator after a long period of works.

c2c, operating between Essex and London, said the revamped footbridge will make life easier for its passengers, as well as those using the London Overground and Underground.

This comes after a long refurbishment, which a c2c spokesperson said was necessary to protect passengers and railway staff due to the age and condition of the old bridge.

The original footbridge, which dates back to the 1930s, was removed in 2022 for improvements.

Romford Recorder: The footbridge has integrated lightingThe footbridge has integrated lighting (Image: c2c)

Charles Isitt, c2c’s asset manager, said: “It is fantastic to see the footbridge finally back in its rightful place after what has proved to be a really challenging large-scale project.”

The project was funded by the Department for Transport, Mr Isitt said, and will keep the station safe for passengers.

c2c said the upgrade, including improvements to the handrails and lights, means the bridge will be fit for purpose for another 25 years.

Parts from the old bridge, staircase treads and concrete deck, have been replaced by glass-reinforced plastic.

It has had a full blast clean and the steelwork has been repainted.