Improving cycling and walking routes across Medway

Thanks to Active Travel funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), we have:

  • created new cycle lanes
  • installed new cycle racks
  • widened 11 miles of well-used public footpath.

The government announced the £225 million fund in early 2020. This came after more people started walking and cycling during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We hope that more people will choose walking or cycling alongside public transport as their preferred modes of travel.

During summer 2020, we received an Active Travel grant of £242,500. We used the funding to:

  • improve the cycle lane in Dock Road, Chatham (from the Wood Street roundabout to Western Avenue)
  • close Rochester High Street at peak times to traffic to help visitors socially distance
  • install new cycle racks in Chatham town centre
  • create a pedestrian zone at the bottom of Chatham High Street
  • widen 11 miles of footpath across Medway
  • install 10 dropped kerbs at different junctions.

We now have a further £927,000 from the Active Travel Fund. We will use this to expand and improve our walking and cycle paths.

For more information, download the public consultation for the Active Travel Fund.