Rochester railway station
Rochester railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving the town of Rochester, Kent. It is 33 miles 61 chains (54.3 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Sole Street and Chatham.
Rochester station building opened on 13 December 2015
|Local authority||Borough of Medway|
|Number of platforms||3|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|1 March 1892||Opened|
|13 December 2015||Resited|
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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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In December 2015 a new station on Corporation Street opened 500 metres to the west of the original station which it replaced. It is now closer to the town centre and its historic buildings.
The first station opened as part of the East Kent Railway in 1892. It was set back some distance from the High Street to the east of the busy junction at Star Hill, and access to the platforms was via tunnels from the ticket office.
On 16 January 2014 Gallagher Ltd cast the reinforced concrete base slab for a new subway for the station. 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.". 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. Office of Rail Regulation confirmation of the closure of the old station were exhibited at Charing Cross station and elsewhere in October 2015.
Platform 1 serves trains towards Strood, Gravesend, Ebbsfleet International, Dartford, Meopham, Bromley South into London.
Platform 2 serves trains towards Gillingham, Faversham, Margate, Ramsgate, Canterbury East Dover Priory, and Ashford International via Sandwich and Deal.
Platform 3 has now opened up at a through platform, service trains towards Gillingham, Faversham, Ashford International and the Kent Coast. Trains can also terminate here before heading back towards London. As the through line runs all the way through Platform 4 of the old Rochester station, it can be used to hold long freight services to allow passenger services to pass, removing a bottleneck.
Typical off-peak frequencies in trains per hour are:
- 2 tph to London St Pancras via Gravesend and Ebbsfleet International (High Speed)
- 1 tph to London St Pancras via Ramsgate, Deal, Dover Priory, Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International (High Speed)
- 1 tph to Faversham (High Speed)
- 3 tph to London Victoria via Bromley South (Main Line)
- 2 tph to Dover Priory via Canterbury East (Main Line)
- 1 tph to Ramsgate via Faversham and Margate (Main Line)
- 2tph to Luton Town via Dartford, Greenwich, London Bridge, St Pancras International, St Albans City and Luton Airport. (Thameslink)
- 2 tph to Rainham (Kent)
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Chatham Main Line
High Speed 1
Chatham Main Line
Line and station closed
|London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Chatham Main Line
Line and station open
- "Reinforced concrete base slab cast at new Rochester Station". gallagher-group.co.uk. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Rochester railway station taking shape as transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin given tour". kentonline.co.uk. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
- "Rochester's new station on the way". networkrail.co.uk. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Consultation outcome, Rochester railway station: closure". gov.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- Table 212 National Rail timetable, May 2016