26m Rochester station opens to trains Commuters in Rochester enjoyed five extra trains to London coach us this morning following the opening of a new 26m station. Built by Network Rail and operated by Southeastern, the station is now located in a more central location with better transport links than its predecessor, as well as a longer platform, allowing 12 car trains to stop at the station. Rail minister coach outlet handbags patricia Claire Perry said: "This is a really impressive new station for Rochester, which is now delivering better journeys for passengers in the area, as well as transforming rail capacity and connectivity. "It is a station the town can be proud of and offers a big opportunity to boost economic growth in the area. "This is also a significant coach outlet 25% coupon step forward for the East Kent Resignalling project, which will allow better use of the rail network in Rochester and the surrounding areas. "It is brilliant to see our investment in rail make a real difference to passengers who use this station on a daily basis." Network Rail's route managing director Alasdair Coates said: "The improvements Network Rail is making to the railway in the Medway towns are already delivering big benefits for passengers. "This fantastic new station is also a perfect example of how the investment we're making across Britain through our Railway Upgrade Plan can be a catalyst for economic growth." Southeastern managing director David Statham said: "It is great news that the new station has opened in Rochester. "I believe this highlights and shows our commitment to the area, a major part of our commuting network. "The new station is much brighter and is now much closer to the historic heart of Rochester, which is good for commuters, local businesses on and around the High Street and the hundreds of thousands of people that visit each year." MP Kelly Tolhurst said: "Rochester's new station is a key part of the regeneration of the riverside coach outlet atlanta botanical gardens and will also attract more people to come and visit our city. "It's great to see this open on time and full of passengers." Leader of Medway council, Alan Jarrett, added: "Not only is this an important day for commuters and traders who now have a fantastic railway station on their doorstep to bring people into the heart of the town, but it is a very important day for Medway as a whole. "The station is the catalyst for the huge Rochester Riverside regeneration scheme which will create an entirely new destination of homes and leisure facilities along the waterfront which will compliment historic Rochester and bring many local jobs to Medway." Rochester's new station was designed to allow longer trains to call at the town, in conjunction with improvements to the signalling and track in the area. In April 2016, the signal box at Rochester will be removed and a third platform introduced at the station, increasing flexibility and improving reliability. Philip Hoare, Atkins managing director, Transportation, UK and Europe, said: "As the principal contractor and lead designer for the East Kent Re signalling Phase 2 project we are working with delivery partners to upgrade 33 miles of the network to help deliver a more modern and reliable rail service for passengers." The five extra trains depart Rochester at: 0650 to Victoria 0722 to Victoria 0726 to Cannon Street 0749 to Victoria 0752 to Cannon Street The 1815 Cannon Street to Ramsgate will call at Rochester on the way home. It's all very well making the platforms longer but Southeastern have switched most of the peak time high speed trains from 12 cars to 6 cars. This means we're left paying a premium for a high speed service that if you get on at Stratford you can't even get seated on anymore (if you can get on at all).
It's got so bad on my evening train back that rather than take Southeastern's advice of waiting for later high speed trains (which are also packed by the way), I now come back via Cannon St. This means I'm paying a premium on my ticket which I only use in one direction! Apparently these changes were to accommodate new services (which were all on the Ashford line). So despite the comments in the article about how this station will improve the rail service for Rochester commuters, in reality the service is now worse than it was before the station work began.
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