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Corporation Street Rochester

Artist's impression of the Esplande junction of Corporation StreetWork took place during spring 2011 on a £2.5million package of improvements to Corporation Street, Rochester, improving traffic flow and delivering big benefits for bus travel and cyclists.

The scheme was wholly paid for by central government, with the works aiming to reduce congestion, to encourage the use of buses and bicycles and to improve air quality.

These were the key measures:

  • giving greater priority to buses between Esplanade and Northgate, improving the reliability and appeal of buses;
  • new bus stops with boards relaying real-time passenger information;
  • a continuous off-road cycle route, part of National Cycle Route 1;
  • better pedestrian crossings;
  • improved connectivity and integration between historic Rochester and the evolving Rochester Riverside development;
  • high quality public open space with attractive surfacing and reduced street clutter, creating a more open vista, particularly at Esplanade junction;
  • LED street lighting, giving better visibility for less energy consumption.

Approval of the scheme follows detailed public consultation on the Transport for Medway (TfM) study and Medway's Local Transport Plan. As part of the TfM study, various methods of engagement were used including workshops and presentations to key stakeholders, questionnaires, surveys and exhibitions in town centres. The Corporation Street scheme won the support of all 120 people who attended a public exhibition on the plans at Rochester Library in December 2009.

An information leaflet (pdf 404KB) is also available for download. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to use these files. If you do not have it on your computer, please use our advice page.

Development framework

 A six-week programme of public consultation ran from Monday, 4 August to Friday, 12 September 2008, giving local residents the chance to influence decisions about the regeneration of Corporation Street, a key arrival point for many people entering Medway.  

Following the public consultation, the framework was revised to take account of the views the council received. It was then adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This means that it will always be taken into account alongside other planning policies when the council considers planning applications for Corporation Street and it will guide land owners and developers on the development potential of their sites within the context of the overall vision for the area. As an SPD, it will be part of the council's Local Development Framework. This means landowners, retailers and residents have the right to be consulted on proposals for Corporation Street before they are finalised.

Residents and traders were asked for their views on a draft development framework that will guide development of this through-route that carries the main A2 trunk road between historic Rochester and the flagship Rochester Riverside regeneration site.

The framework document lays down principles that will guide the development of this area and sums up the council's ambition: “An elegant, tree-lined street, backed by fine new architecture, which forms an attractive and efficient route between key areas of Medway. In its own right, it will be an attractive place to live and work or to walk or drive through. The new development, together with associated public realm improvements, will bolster the economy of historic Rochester and provide a link to the new community at Rochester Riverside.”

Main objectives for the area are listed as:

  • development that reflects the character of central Rochester;
  • integration with Rochester High Street and Rochester Riverside;
  • attractive, high quality public open space;
  • an active environment that complements Rochester High Street and the evolving Rochester Riverside development;
  • improved street-level activity along the length of Corporation Street, with a strong focus at Rochester railway station;
  • measures to help reduce the way the railway and Corporation Street cut off the High Street from the Riverside.


The following documents are available to be downloaded:

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For more information contact Medway Regeneration by telephone: 01634 306000 or by email: info@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Medway Regeneration, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR