Mark Reckless MP has welcomed the news that Rochester railway station is set for a massive £26m rebuild.
The proposals, which are part of Network Rail’s scheme to invest £37bn in rail infrastructure across the UK, will see the station move from it’s current location at the Chatham end of Rochester High Street to Corporation Street opposite the cathedral in the heart of Rochester. Work is expected to be completed in 2015.
Speaking of the proposed plans, Mark Reckless said:
“Following my successful campaign in 2009 to get rush hour fast services to Victoria and Cannon Street to stop at Rochester, the station has seen a considerable increase in passengers using the station for their daily commute.
The proposed plan to rebuild the station as set out by Network Rail will come as a welcome boost for many of the hard-pressed commuters in my constituency who, for too long were hit by RPI+3% increases with no commensurate improvement in the service or facilities which they use on a daily basis.
This new station will be better appointed and more convenient for many local residents. Since it will be further away from Chatham station, the move will strengthen the case for having more peak commuter services stop at Rochester. The move and associated improvements to signalling should also cut journey times to London and make Rochester more attractive for commuters.”
For further information on Network Rail’s plans for the South East click here.