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Easter trains cancelled as underpass slides into place at Rochester station

19 April 2014
by Jenni Horn

A crucial part of Rochester's new railway station will slide almost 40 metres on a bed of gas today.

The £1.8million underpass that will link the new station and the riverside development with Corporation Street is being installed this afternoon.

A hole will need to be cut into the railway embankment for the underpass to be slotted into place.

Work taking place on the new Rochester station

Work taking place on the new Rochester station

As a result no trains will run through the Medway Towns over Easter. A replacement bus service will be in place between Meopham and Gillingham.

Network Rail spokesman Nicky Hughes said: "The work we are doing at Rochester will result in a fantastic new station and a more reliable railway.

"However we also realise the disruption will not be welcome for passengers travelling over Easter. We have to do the work when the railway is less busy and Easter gives us four full days and nights where we can undertake big engineering projects while affecting the least passengers.

"We appreciate people's patience while we do the work and look forward to delivering their new station next year..." - Nicky Hughes, Network Rail

"We appreciate people's patience while we do the work and look forward to delivering their new station next year."

Michelle Ulyatt, customer relations manager at Southeastern, said: "The work will bring long-term benefits to passengers in terms of better stations and more reliable infrastructure.

"If your journey will take you through the Medway area over the Easter weekend please check before you travel for full details of the alternative arrangements we've put in place."

The underpass will be put on air jacks, which will be pumped full of compressed nitrogen.

After rising up on a nitrogen cushion like a hovercraft, the concrete box will be pushed along tracks and into its final position.

The new station, 500 metres up the line from the station in the High Street, is costing £26 million. The work is due to be completed by Christmas 2015.

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