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Chatham placemaking project

Medway Council has been awarded £4 million from the South East Local Growth Fund as part of the Government's boost for economic growth in the South East. The funding will help to regenerate Chatham and make it a better place for residents, workers and visitors. The project will create an easier journey for pedestrians and cyclists from Chatham railway station through to the Waterfront bus station and town centre. This route has been divided into five areas; Chatham Railway Station, New Cut Junction, St John’s Square, Military Square and Military Road.

Consultation ran from 15 January to 5 February 2016 to get your comments on the plans before they were completed. Comments were very positive with 90% of respondents stating that the objectives for all areas were met in the proposed designs. The designs have now been finalised and work will begin from June 2017.

This page will be kept up to date with key dates and progress throughout the project.

The plans

Chatham Railway Station

Network Rail, Southeastern and Medway Council are working in partnership to regenerate the public realm around Chatham railway station and improve links between the station, the town centre and the bus station. The work will include remodelling of the station forecourt and roads around the station, widening and resurfacing of pavements and walkways, new taxi and drop-off bays and new public art.

The work is financed by the National Stations Improvements Programme and the Local Growth Fund.

New Cut Junction

Improvements at New Cut Junction will make paths wider and encourage pedestrians and cyclists towards the town centre in a more safe and welcoming environment. A lighting feature on the bridge will make it easier for visitors to find their way to the town centre. New trees and seating will be put in to improve the area and stop access to the pavement for vehicles.

New Cut Junction - Proposed

St John's Square

A wide shared pedestrian and cycle path will continue from New Cut Junction along Railway Street past St John’s Church. A new public square will be created including a gradual ramp combined with text-engraved steps. The existing concrete wall will be removed to improve visibility along the route to and from the station and improve the feel of the area.

St John's Square - Proposed

Military Square 

Improvement work at Military Square will replace the existing paving with new high quality materials and remove the existing ornamental pillars. Trees and benches will be improved.

Military Square - Proposed

Military Road

The existing tarmac between the Pentagon entrance and bus station will be replaced by high quality paving materials to clearly define the area as a pedestrian space. Further detail on the plans for this area will follow.

Contact us

If you would like to get in touch about this project please contact: regeneration@medway.gov.uk 

Wider Chatham Regeneration

Command of the Heights is a joint project between Fort Amherst Heritage Trust and Medway Council, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project includes plans for an: amphitheatre with seating for up to 250 people; restoration of the historic entrance to the fort via Barrier Road; demolition of Riverside One building to recreate the outline of the Barrier Ditch linking this area with Fort Amherst again; a play area near the bus station; and improving access from Chatham to the Fort and Great Lines Heritage Park.

For updates on the Command of the Heights project, visit http://www.fortamherst.com/ or www.facebook.com/groups/medwaygreatlines

Proposed amphitheatre

Medway Council will also be bringing forward Chatham Waterfront Development Site, one of the most important redevelopment sites in Medway. It occupies a prime position on the riverside with potential for up to 115 private residential units and retail facilities.