Information for traders

We're preparing to host two large sports events in Rochester this July. The Medway Mile is back for the 12th year on Friday 19 July and Medway has been chosen to host a major cycling event on Sunday 21 July 2019.

We are delighted that British Cycling is bringing the HSBC UK | National Circuit Championships to the streets of Rochester. It is one of the highlights in the national road racing calendar and will feature some of the nation’s top male and female cyclists.

As part of the national cycling event, we have organised mass participation rides for Medway residents and British Cycling club cyclists. We'll also run family-fun activities in Rochester Castle gardens for all to enjoy throughout the day.

The national cycling event is anticipated to bring thousands of visitors to Rochester, befitting the local business community.

Road closures

Road closures and suspension orders have been put in place in and around Rochester town centre between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 July 2019 to ensure spectators and competitors are safe.

Residents living in roads affected by the closures have been contacted directly. 

Closures that may affect traders

Medway Mile on Friday 19 July

Rochester High Street, between its junction with Corporation Street (river end) and Crow Lane, will be closed to traffic from around 5pm.

The High Street will be opened as soon as the last fun run participant has entered the castle gardens and completed the route - this is expected to be by 8.45pm.

HSBC UK | National Circuit Championships on Sunday 21 July

Rochester High Street will be closed to traffic from 6am on Sunday 21 July. We expect the High Street to be reopened to traffic by 10pm on Sunday 21 July.

If you would like information on the other road closures and street parking suspensions around Rochester at the time of the events, email

Street furniture

High Street businesses with premises on or close to the cycle race route: High Steet from Eastgate Terrace to the pedestrian entrance of Kings Head Car Park, Boley Hill, Northgate and Crow Lane.

The route of the cycling events will have barriers on both sides which means there will be limited space on the pavements for pedestrians.

Street furniture such as a-frame boards, produce displays, tables and chairs, must be removed from outside your business by 6am on Sunday 21 July to help us manage crowds and pedestrian movement. 

All footpaths must stay clear of street furniture until the event closes at 10pm on Sunday 21 July.

We will be operating a number of clearly-marked crossing points along the route throughout the day to allow the movement of people and to give access to shops, pubs and businesses.

These will remain open between rides and races on the circuit route.

Crossings during the races will be limited, but will be safely managed and facilitated when it is safe.

Alcohol restricted zone

Rochester High Street and surrounding streets is an Alcohol Control Zone. During the event, Kent Police has agreed to allow drinking in outdoor areas as long as pub landlords ensure that only drinks in non-glass containers leave the premises between 1pm and 7.30pm.

Drinking restrictions will return to normal from 7.30pm.

Transport and parking

Additional event parking is being provided for spectators, and a boat service (ticketed) will also be operating from Sun Pier in Chatham to Rochester Pier to ease the pressure on car parking in Rochester.

You may wish to encourage your staff to use public transport or make alternative travel arrangements if possible.

Public information session

We are holding a public information session where you can find out more, and ask questions about the events on Tuesday 2 July from 12noon to 1.30pm at the Visitor Information Centre, Rochester High Street.

If you’re unable to attend this drop-in session but have a question, please email


Hosting the HSBC UK | National Circuit Championships is a great privilege and opportunity for Medway.

We hope you will be able to join us at the event and cheer on the elite riders cycling around our historic town for their chance of winning the prestigious title.