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Kent Coast Infrastructure Progress

Colin Price made a couple of visits to the Medway Towns towards the end of March, and on the second day had an authorised visit to the old Rochester signalbox (dating back to Kent Coast electrification in 1959). On the day of the visit to the signalbox it was announced that the proposed resignalling over Easter would not be going ahead. As a result Rochester, Gillingham and Rainham signalboxes will soldier on for a while yet. (Sittingbourne is to remain open to control the Sheerness branch.) A revised plan and timescale for resignalling is still to be made, although Rochester box was due to be demolished the week after Easter to allow the work at the new Rochester station (scheduled to open December 2015) to continue. The old box needs to come down before the new station can be completed!

(right) This shot ably illustrates the core of he problem resulting from the delay. The new platforms at Rochester are under construction, but the existing signal box, from which this picture was taken, takes up the western part of the footprint.









(below) 375613 passes through the new station site on 25th March 2015 with the 15:07 Victoria to Dover Priory service.

Rochester's new platforms under construction from the old signal box
Panel in Rochester Signal Box

(above) The Rochester panel in Rochester Signal Box, taken with permission on an official visit.

(below) To record the to-be-closed station at Rochester, 395014 arrives back on 24th March 2015 whilst working the 10:37 St. Pancras - anti-clockwise Kent Roundabout (Ashford International-Folkestone Central-Dover Priory-Deal-Ramsgate-Faversham) - St. Pancras service.

395014 arrives at Rochester on 24th March 2015