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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 National Rail
December 2015 Rochester railway station 9499.JPG
Rochester station building opened on 13 December 2015
Location
PlaceRochester
Local authorityBorough of Medway
Coordinates51°23′19″N 0°30′30″E / 51.38861°N 0.50833°E / 51.38861; 0.50833Coordinates: 51°23′19″N 0°30′30″E / 51.38861°N 0.50833°E / 51.38861; 0.50833
Grid referenceTQ745684
Operations
Station codeRTR
Managed bySoutheastern
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 1.241 million
– Interchange Decrease 24,467
2014/15Increase 1.305 million
– Interchange Increase 26,515
2015/16Increase 1.385 million
– Interchange Increase 45,610
2016/17Increase 1.632 million
– Interchange Decrease 25,575
2017/18Increase 1.817 million
– Interchange Increase 30,296
History
1 March 1892Opened
13 December 2015Resited
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* 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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The station and most trains that call are operated by Southeastern and Thameslink, including a handful of peak services to and from Bedford operated by the latter.

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.

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Original stationEdit

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.

New stationEdit

On 16 January 2014 Gallagher Ltd cast the reinforced concrete base slab for a new subway for the station.[1] 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.".[2] 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.[3] Office of Rail Regulation confirmation of the closure of the old station were exhibited at Charing Cross station and elsewhere in October 2015.[4]

LayoutEdit

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.

ServiceEdit

Medway Towns
 
   
     
       
Halling
       
Cuxton
           
Strood
 
 
 
 
Rochester BridgeStrood (1st)
           
 
 
   
Goods station
   
   
Rochester Common
   
Rochester
(2015–)
   
Rochester
(1892–2015)
     
Chatham Central
   
 
 
Chatham
 
 
   
     
Gillingham
   
Rainham
 

Typical off-peak frequencies in trains per hour are:[5]

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Reinforced concrete base slab cast at new Rochester Station". gallagher-group.co.uk. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Rochester railway station taking shape as transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin given tour". kentonline.co.uk. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Rochester's new station on the way". networkrail.co.uk. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Consultation outcome, Rochester railway station: closure". gov.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  5. ^ Table 212 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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