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New Rochester Station details emerge

Wed 10 April 2013, 3:39 pm

Network Rail has unveiled further details of the £26 million new station it is proposing to build in Rochester.

The infrastructure operator said the Corporation Street building, for which it expects  to submit a planning application for in the coming weeks, would be closer to Rochester town centre than the existing station, and would help to kick-start the regeneration of Rochester Riverside.

It will have three platforms, all of them providing access to longer 12-car trains, step-free access, better passenger facilities, shops, cycle racks, and improved parking arrangements.

Route managing direcgtor for Kent Fiona Taylor said the new station would “deliver a huge boost” to Rochester and Medway.

“The new station will be able to accommodate longer trains than the current station, helping boost capacity and providing more seats for passengers,” she said.

“An integrated transport hub will provide better links to other types of public transport.

“The development will also help kick-start the wider regeneration of the Riverside area, which is an important part of the development of Rochester.“

Council leader Rodney Chambers said the number of rail passengers in Rochester was forecast to grow significantly in the coming years, and that a new station would not only improve services for commuters and other passengers, but also help to cope with future demand.

“It would also result in the train station moving closer to the centre of Rochester, and the places that visitors come to, and give local people a newer, better station that is easier to get to and has better links with local bus services,” he said.

Network Rail expects the new station in Rochester to open in winter 2015.

Elsewhere in the borough, the operator said a £135 million package of rail infrastructure improvement works would see platforms at Strood Station extended, as well as the creation of  an additional platform at Rainham Station.

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