Mark Reckless welcomes new train station for Rochester

Campaigning for a Fair Fare at Rochester station

Mark Reckless MP campaigning at Rochester station for a fairer deal for Medway commuters

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.

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4 responses to “Mark Reckless welcomes new train station for Rochester

  1. Dear Mark,

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Well done with the Rochester railways move, at last some sense is being incorporated into future planning.

    Vanessa and I have been saying this for over seventeen years, since we opened up our shop in Northgate.

    I understand this was first mooted some fifty-five years ago alongside a new airport which was mooted even earlier, We are a little closer to having all the infrastructure in place for the airport to go ahead now and it will be a very good thing for the people of Medway and the surrounding areas.

    Best Wishes
    Ronald Clayton
    Northgate Jewellers
    Rochester.

  2. Dr Sanjeev Juneja

    Another important milestone for Rochester and Medway.
    Thank you Mark for your effort in restoring Rochester some of it’s glory and helping the local populace in difficult times.
    Wish you success and joy in the coming year.
    Sanjeev
    (Dr Sanjeev Juneja
    Marlowe Park Medical Centre )

  3. barry luxton

    very bad news for the shop owners of that part of the high street who not only have had passing vehical traffic removed due to closing of the main road to gillingham. with the removal of the existing station the shop owners will also loose foot traffic as well. That part of rochester high street will die. Smiths closed after 110 years of trading, after the council turned rochester high street into a dead end. Now all rochester traffic has to skirt around chatham using the one and only main artierial single lane road causing the normal stop start traffic que all day every day, way to go medway, shamfully ignoring local shops and residents with a couldn’t care less attitude.

  4. Paul O'Rourke

    At least that will make it accessible, as there is no bus service to Strood station. Having to go to Chatham at the moment.

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