Underpass 'slotted in' to Rochester station

Station construction site A new station is being built at Rochester to allow 12-car trains to stop

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A ready-built underpass is being slotted into place at Rochester's new station over the Easter weekend as part of a £147m railway revamp.

Network Rail said the underpass was being put on air jacks filled with nitrogen, to raise the structure like a hovercraft on a cushion.

No trains are running through the Medway towns while the work happens.

A new station is being built at Rochester to allow 12-car trains to stop.

'More reliable railway'

Spokeswoman Nicky Hughes said the work was being done when the railway was less busy.

"The work we are doing at Rochester will result in a fantastic new station and a more reliable railway - however we also realise that the disruption will not be welcome for passengers travelling over Easter," she said.

"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."

The underpass in Rochester will provide a link between the station, Corporation Street and the River Medway.

A bus service is being provided between Meopham and Gillingham.

People have been advised to check travel information before travelling.

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