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February 5, 2015

UK DfT launches public consultation on closure of existing Rochester station

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a public consultation on plans to close the existing rail station in Rochester after a new station starts operations in December.

By Samseer M

Rochester

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a public consultation on plans to close the existing rail station in Rochester after a new station starts operations in December.

The new £26m station, which is currently under construction, is part of a £147m project to improve the railway through the Medway towns. It locates approximately 500m to the north-west of the existing station site.

Transport minister Baroness Kramer said: "In order to unlock the full benefits of this development, we intend to close the existing station once the new station is completed.

"We now want to hear what people think about the proposed station closure."

"The new station at Rochester will be a significantly improved gateway to the town and breathe new life into the riverside area."

The new station will have longer platforms that will help 12-car trains to serve Rochester with more number of seats and services.

As per the plan, the trains that currently stop at the old station will be instructed to serve passengers at the new station.

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Kramer added: "We are investing record amounts in building a world-class rail network as part of our plans to build a stronger economy.

"The new station at Rochester will be a significantly improved gateway to the town and breathe new life into the riverside area."

The present consultation will be an effort to understand how the opening of the new station will impact on capacity, performance and journey times.

It also intended to see whether retaining the existing station would provide value for money for the taxpayer, DfT said.


Image: The new station will be capable of receiving 12-car trains with more number of seats and services. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.

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