Medway Council approved plans last night and the new station, which will be built on land at Corporation Street, will help meet the ever increasing demand for train services in the Medway area.
Contractor C Spencer is due to start work in October and be completed in winter 2015. The new station which will be built 500m closer to Rochester town centre, will be operated by Southeastern.
The station will have three platforms, all of which will be able to accommodate longer trains with up to 12 carriages, and better facilities for passengers including accessible toilets with baby changing facilities, cycle racks and retail. There will also be step-free access to all platforms and improved station car parking.
Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, said: “This new station will deliver a huge boost to Rochester and Medway and provide passengers with improved facilities and better access to the town centre and surrounding area.