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Rochester Common railway station

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Place  Rochester
20 Jul 1891  Opened as Rochester
Area  Borough of Medway
Original company  South Eastern Railway, UK
Pre-grouping  South Eastern and Chatham Railway
1 Jul 1899  Renamed Rochester Common
Dec 1901  Renamed Rochester Central
Similar  Rochester Bridge railway st, East Minster railway st, Smeeth railway station, Longfield Halt railway st, St Lawrence for Pegw

Rochester Common was a station on the Chatham Extension from Strood serving the town of Rochester.

The station was opened by the South Eastern Railway which merged with the London, Chatham and Dover Railway to form the South Eastern and Chatham Railway in 1899. After the merger the SE & CR deemed that the Chatham Extension was an unnecessary duplication of the line and stations that it inherited from the LC & DR, and therefore the Extension and its stations, including Rochester Central (as it was then named), was closed in 1911. The station was demolished soon after closure and the site of the station later became sidings for Rochester Freight Depot until c.‚ÄČ1990.

The track layout was remodelled so that only the South Eastern Railway's bridge over the River Medway was used, and that layout is still there in the present day Chatham Main Line route.

The London, Chatham and Dover Railway's bridge lay unused and then derelict until it was rebuilt in the 1960s to be the eastbound carriageway for a widened A2 road bridge which opened in 1970.

References

Rochester Common railway station Wikipedia


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