Strood railway station
The station in June 2011
|Local authority||Borough of Medway|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|– Interchange||0.401 million|
|– Interchange||0.430 million|
|– Interchange||0.423 million|
|– Interchange||0.423 million|
|– Interchange||0.457 million|
|Original company||South Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||South Eastern and Chatham Railway|
|18 June 1856||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Strood from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The South Eastern Railway (SER) had reached Strood in 1845 as the terminus of the line from Gravesend. In 1856, this line was linked to the existing Maidstone branch from Paddock Wood, which had opened in 1844. The new line left the line from Gravesend between Strood Tunnel and the original Strood terminus; a new Strood station was provided on the Maidstone line, and it opened with the line on 18 June 1856.
The station became a junction with the opening of the first section of the East Kent Railway (EKR) between Strood and Chatham on 29 March 1858. The London, Chatham and Dover Railway (which the EKR had become in 1859) soon opened their own route from Rochester towards London, the first portion as far as Bickley opening on 3 December 1860. The curve connecting the LCDR line with Strood station fell into disuse (apart from one goods train in each direction per day), but passenger services over this line were reintroduced in early 1877 at the insistence of the Mayor of Chatham. The Mayor's name was Toomer, and the line then became known as the "Toomer Loop".
Although Strood station was the property of the SER, the Toomer Loop, together with the stations at Rochester and Chatham, was LCDR property. A second junction at Strood was bought into use on 20 July 1891, when the first section of the Rochester & Chatham Extension was opened, by which SER trains reached their own stations at Rochester and, from 1 March 1892, Chatham. This line was to the north-east of, and largely ran parallel to, the LCDR line; it had its own bridge over the Medway. On 1 January 1899 the SER and LCDR entered into a working union which traded as the South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SE&CR) and set about eliminating duplicated facilities. In 1911, a connecting line was put in between the SER and LCDR on the south-eastern side of the SER's Rochester Bridge; this allowed trains from Strood to reach the LCDR stations at Rochester and Chatham from October 1911. In 1927 (after the SER & LCDR had merged with other railways to form the Southern Railway), another connecting line was put in between the former SER and LCDR routes on the north-eastern side of the SER's Rochester Bridge; this enabled the LCDR's bridge to be taken out of use.
Southeastern introduced a full timetable of domestic high-speed services branded Southeastern Highspeed over High Speed 1 between London St Pancras and Ashford International on 13 December 2009, although public preview services had been running since 29 June 2009. High-speed trains use High Speed 1 calling at Stratford International and Ebbsfleet International. Trains from London to the Medway towns and Faversham leave the high-speed line at Ebbsfleet and continue via the North Kent line through Gravesend, Strood, Rochester. A limited peak hour service now also operates between St Pancras and Maidstone West via Ebbsfleet and Strood.
At the same time there was the largest change to the timetable in the area in 40 years in order to accommodate the extra trains. To use the train service over the High Speed 1 section of line generally requires payment of a surcharge.
The station has three platforms; Platform 1 is directly accessible from the station building. Platforms 2 and 3 are on an island platform. The entrance, ticket office and ticket barriers adjoin Platform 1, with a tunnel from that platform leading to the island. In 2014, a new bridge with lifts was built at the southern end of the station to replace the tunnel and provide wheelchair access to the island platform. As of summer 2015 both the bridge and tunnel are open.
The typical off-peak service from the station is:
- 2tph to London St Pancras via Gravesend and Ebbsfleet International
- 2tph to London Charing Cross via Dartford and Blackheath
- 2tph to Gillingham (Kent)
- 2tph to Faversham, of which 1tph is extended to Margate, Ramsgate, Deal and Dover Priory, Ebbsfleet International and London St Pancras
- 2tph to Maidstone West, of which 1tph is extended to Paddock Wood and Tonbridge.
Special peak hours service
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
North Kent Line
High Speed 1
Medway Valley Line
Line and station open
|South Eastern Railway
Line and station closed
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- Dendy Marshall & Kidner 1963, p. 406
- UK Tra.in wiki Licensed CC-BY-SA
- Table 208 & 212 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- "High-speed trains start from Maidstone". Kent Messenger Group. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
Media related to Strood railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Train times and station information for Strood railway station from National Rail
- Old photograph of Strood station from Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre website