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September 16, 2013

Network Rail gets approval for Rochester station in the UK

Medway Council in the UK has given approval to Network Rail's plans to build a new £26m station in Rochester, Kent, to address the growing demand for train services in the area.

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Rochester station

Medway Council in the UK has given approval to Network Rail’s plans to build a new £26m station in Rochester, Kent, to address the growing demand for train services in the area.

The station, to be built over a car park on Corporation Street, is part of Network Rail’s £135m East Kent investment programme to improve rail services, capacity, journey times and infrastructure.

The station has been designed to meet increasing demand for rail services from Rochester, which are expected to increase by 30% in the coming years.

With large platforms and concourses, the station will accommodate 12-car trains and will be connected to a new car park by a CCTV-equipped pedestrian subway.

"The station has been designed to meet increasing demand for rail services from Rochester, which are expected to increase by 30% in the coming years."

The station will have three platforms with passenger facilities including accessible toilets with baby changing facilities, cycle racks and retail, along with step-free access to all platforms and improved station car parking.

Network Rail Kent route managing director Fiona Taylor said that the new station will deliver a huge boost to Rochester and Medway and provide passengers with improved facilities and better access to the town centre and surrounding area.

"[The new station] will accommodate longer trains than the current station, helping boost capacity and providing more seats for passengers. It will also help kick start the wider regeneration of the Riverside area, which is an important part of the development and future of Rochester," Taylor said.

Construction work on the new station is scheduled to start in October, and will be completed in winter 2015.

The new station will be operated by Southeastern.


Image: The new station is expected to be ready by winter 2015. Credit: Network Rail.

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