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Plans for a new £26 million railway station in Rochester have been revealed.
Network Rail is proposing to build the new station as part of its "commitment to increase capacity on the railway and deliver better facilities for passengers in Medway and Kent".
The new station, planned for land at Corporation Street, is part of a wider £135 million investment programme in the county as the number of passengers using the railway continues to grow.
A formal planning application is expected to be submitted this spring.
Fiona Taylor, route managing director for Kent, said: “The new station will be able to accommodate longer trains than the current station, helping boost capacity and providing more seats for passengers.
“The development will also help kick-start the wider regeneration of the Riverside area, which is an important part of the development of Rochester."
Cllr Rodney Chambers added: “The number of rail passengers is forecast to grow significantly and freeing up this space for a new station will not only improve the service for commuters and other passengers, but also make sure it grows with future demand.
“It would also result in the train station moving closer to the centre of Rochester, and the places that visitors come to, and give local people a newer, better station that is easier to get to and has better links with local bus services.”
The new station will have three platforms, all of which will be able to accommodate trains with up to 12 carriages, Network Rail said.