Rochester is in Medway and situated 30 miles from London and 40 miles from the Channel ports and Eurotunnel in Kent. It's easy to get to by rail, road, air and sea. The area has excellent public transport links by bus, train and taxi.
Rochester is on National Cycle Route #1. The network into Rochester from across Medway is a mixture of on-road and off-road, signposted and marked cycle paths.
Find out more information about Medway’s cycle network.
Free, secure bike racks will be available at the event on Rochester Riverside, The King’s School Paddock on Vines Lane and a limited number on the Esplanade. Please bring a lock for extra security.
Rochester is well signed on the road network. There is easy access from London and the Kent coast on the M2/A2 and M20 motorways, linking with the M25. There are direct links from A2/M2 to Rochester via the A289/Medway Tunnel.
Please be aware that Highways England is closing the M2 London bound carriageway between junctions 4 for Gillingham and 1 for Rochester and Strood on the day of event. Diversions will be in place. Spectators travelling London bound may wish to consider using the M20 and then A229 to travel to Rochester.
Most public car parks will remain open in Rochester on the day of the event. Park and Walk parking will be available at Jackson’s Field on Maidstone Road, Rochester for £3 for the day. The main roads into Rochester will also be unaffected by the event road closures.
A number of Arriva Southern Countries bus services operate through Rochester on a Sunday. This includes:
- 140 from Chatham and Strood
- 145 from Chatham and Warren Wood
- 155 from Maidstone and Chatham
- 191/193 from Chatham, Strood and Grain
- 700 from Bluewater and Chatham
Find out more information about the timetable.
Rochester Station is less than five minutes’ walk from the race route and is on the high speed route from London St Pancras. Strood station is also a short walk from the race route across Rochester Bridge.
If you’re planning on attending either the National Circuit Championships or the Medway Big Ride, please remember that Southeastern has very limited capacity for bikes on its trains. This restriction does not include folding bikes.
Southeastern will be providing extra carriages on its high speed trains during the event and is also providing additional staff to assist passengers travelling to the event. If you’re travelling with a bike, you may need to wait to board a train.
Planned engineering works may affect your journey if you’re travelling between Tonbridge and Maidstone West, and through south east London or North West Kent on services out of London Cannon Street. Please be aware that bikes cannot be taken on rail replacement buses.
Find out more information about planned engineering works.