Southeastern

11 Dec 2017

Southeastern opens a new Strood railway station for Medway passengers

Southeastern opens a new Strood railway station for Medway passengers: Strood Station

Today sees the opening of a brand new Southeastern railway station at Strood.

As part of the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) and Medway Council’s plans to regenerate the local area, Southeastern has just completed a £2.59 million upgrade to Strood Station.

This is the first new station building delivered by Southeastern, which has a bright modern design with a much larger booking hall, a new waiting room and better facilities for passengers.

Strood is one of five stations in Medway – along with Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham and Rochester – and the area is undergoing a 20 year regeneration programme that aims to bring more than £1 billion of private sector investment to the area.

David Wornham, Passenger Services Director, Southeastern said:

We are delighted to be opening our fantastic new Strood station as part of our programme to improve stations and facilities and make the journey experience better for our passengers. We have worked in close partnership with Medway Council who co-funded the project. The new station shows how Southeastern’s investment in our network is contributing to wider economic and community development in Medway and North Kent.”

Cllr Rodney Chambers, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering the Local Growth Fund, said:

“We are pleased that the new station is now open with more modern and improved facilities for passengers. More people are living, working, studying and visiting Medway than ever before and it is vital that we continue to provide good infrastructure. Strood’s new railway station is another example of Medway Council successfully partnering with Southeastern and Network Rail to invest in gateway stations across Medway. The newly improved stations give visitors a fantastic first impression of the area, as soon as they step off the train.

 "Strood is one of Medway’s key regeneration sites and this will help to further boost economic growth in the town centre. Further improvements will be carried out in Strood town centre as part of the council’s £9million investment in the area. This includes improving the views from the station so visitors will be able to see Strood Pier and the River Medway upon their arrival.” 

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

020 3750 2204

press.office@southeasternrailway.co.uk

Notes to editors

Notes for Editors

  1. The new Strood station opened on 11 December and has the following improved facilities:
  • Step free access to all station areas.
  • An additional new ticket vending machine.
  • Additional customer information screens.
  • Additional seating and a new baby changing facility.
  1. Funding for the new station was shared between Medway Council (£1.25m) and Southeastern NSIP (£1.34m). Medway Council’s contribution was funded through the Strood town centre Local Growth Fund project, a Central Government funding pot aimed at revitalising local economies and administered across the country by Local Enterprise Partnerships. The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) played a pivotal role in assisting Medway Council to secure the funding.

For more information about our major programmes to regenerate Southeastern stations, please visit

https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/about-us/major-programmes/national-stations-improvement-programme

Press.Office@southeasternrailway.co.uk

02037502204

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