All aboard at improved Strood station
by Natalie Vincent Fri 12 January 2018, 3:58 pm
The main building at Strood station reopened on 11 December, following a £2.6 million improvement programme by rail operator Southeastern.
One of five station upgrades (also including Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham and Rochester) in the Medway area to be completed, Strood benefits from a modern station building with larger booking hall, waiting room and improved station facilities for passengers.
The work was carried out under the National Station Improvement Programme and as part of Medway Council’s plans to regenerate the region by 2035, to attract more than £1 billion of private sector investment to the area.
The upgrade was part funded by a £9 million grant secured by Medway Council from the Local Growth Fund.
David Wornham, passenger services director at 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.
"The new station shows how Southeastern’s investment in our network is contributing to wider economic and community development in Medway and North Kent."
Strood is one of Medway's key regeneration sites and the station upgrades will cope with the extra capacity expected, helping boost economic growth in the town.
Further improvements will be carried out in Strood town centre as part of the council's £9 million investment in the area, including improving the view from the station so visitors can see the River Medway upon arriving.
Rodney Chambers, Medway Council's portfolio holder covering the Local Growth Fund, praised the upgrade: "We are pleased that the new station is now open, with more modern and improved facilities for passengers.
"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; more people are living, working, studying and visiting [Medway] than ever before and it is vital that we continue to provide good infrastructure."