Rochester railway station

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Rochester National Rail
Rochesterrear.jpg
Rochester (original) station building closed on 12 December 2015
Location
Place Rochester
Local authority Borough of Medway
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Grid reference TQ745684
Operations
Station code RTR
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.687 million
2005/06 Increase 0.705 million
2006/07 Increase 0.761 million
2007/08 Increase 0.853 million
2008/09 Increase 0.927 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.912 million
2010/11 Increase 1.068 million
2011/12 Increase 1.139 million
2012/13 Increase 1.162 million
2013/14 Increase 1.241 million
2014/15 Increase 1.305 million
History
1 March 1892 Opened
13 December 2015 Original station closed
Opening of new relocated station
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rochester from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Rochester railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in Rochester, Medway, South East England. The majority of services are provided by Southeastern, with a handful of peak services to and from Bedford operated by Thameslink.

Construction site works of the new entrance hall.
Platforms (on the left) and the large entrance hall (on the right).

On 13 December 2015, a new £26m station on Corporation Street opened 500m west of the original station which it replaced. This station has 12 coach long platforms instead of 10 coach maximum length at the original station. It links the station to the large proposed Rochester Riverside mixed-use development on the River Medway.[1][2]

The new station is an "integrated transport hub" to connect to buses, a drop-off point (for car and taxi passengers) and a £1.8m subway between the high street, the station and the housing development.[3] It is closer than the old station to the town centre, and to such historic attractions as Rochester Cathedral, Rochester Castle, Restoration House and Eastgate House.

On 16 January 2014 Gallagher Ltd cast the reinforced concrete base slab for a new subway for the station.[4] A little over a year later, on 26 January 2015, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was given a tour of the site, and was quoted as saying, "Rochester’s new station will be a big improvement for this historic town. It will benefit commuters and visitors thanks to longer trains and more seats for passengers.".[5] According to the billboards adjoining the station site, the 900-tonne concrete subway was to be the first part of the project to be completed; this was scheduled took place over Easter 2015.[6] Office of Rail Regulation confirmation of the closure of the old station were exhibited at Charing Cross station and elsewhere in October 2015.[7]

Service

Medway Towns
North Kent Line (& High Speed)
to London Bridge & St Pancras
Chatham Main Line
to Victoria & Blackfriars
Medway Valley Line
to Maidstone
Halling
Cuxton
Strood
Rochester Bridge | Strood (1st)
Rochester Bridge
Rochester Common
Rochester(2015–)
Rochester(1892–2015)
Chatham Central
River Medway
Chatham
Gillingham
Rainham
Chatham Main Line
to Faversham, Dover and Ramsgate

Typical off-peak frequencies in trains per hour are:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Strood   Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Chatham
Sole Street   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line
 
Strood   Southeastern
High Speed 1
 
Disused railways
Rochester Bridge
Line and station closed
  London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Chatham Main Line
  Chatham
Line and station open

References

  1. Soleil, Maria (8 April 2014). "Rochester station to be relocated in £26m plans by Network Rail". Rochester People. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Rochester station relocation goes before council". BBC. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Brown, Dan (8 April 2013). "First look at £26m Rochester railway station plan". kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 10 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Reinforced concrete base slab cast at new Rochester Station". gallagher-group.co.uk. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Rochester railway station taking shape as transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin given tour". kentonline.co.uk. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Rochester's new station on the way". networkrail.co.uk. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Consultation outcome, Rochester railway station: closure". gov.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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