Rochester station to be moved in major plans by Network Rail
Rochester rail station is set to be rebuilt in a
massive £26m investment, it's been revealed.
Network Rail is to move the busy station from its High Street
location to the Corporation Street area of the town - and it could
all be completed within three years.
It's part of a scheme to invest £37bn across a number of
projects throughout the UK.
The aim of the Rochester plan is to allow the station to cope
with greater passenger numbers, as soon as winter 2015.
Jon Crampton from Network Rail said it is great news for Kent,
with passenger numbers in the county predicted to grow by around
30% by 2022.
He said: “It’ll provide a better station that can accommodate
longer trains to provide more seats for higher number
Network Rail is thought to be looking to submit planning
applications later this year.
He added: “We have rough timetables. It’s very much dependent on
the planning process and getting approval from the local
"Once we have that we can put the wheels into motion and deliver
a far better station to meet the need of its passengers.”
Southeastern trains welcomed today's news, saying it's committed
to proposals which will help drive the local economy.
“We welcome the investment and improvement works set out today
by Network Rail.
"We’re working in an alliance to improve rail services in Kent
and south east London and this strategic plan builds on the large
amount of work that has been completed and currently under
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