Strood Town Centre Project

The project aims to improve:

  • the reliability of journey times through the town
  • pedestrian facilities
  • the look and feel of the town to encourage more people to visit

We are also aiming to boost economic growth, provide new jobs in the town and create a place that people are proud to live, work and visit.

The improvements are to take place across the town centre in phases, with completion anticipated to be in 2019.

View the Strood Town Centre proposals

View the timeline of Strood's regeneration progress

Commercial Road improvements

Planned closure of Strood High Street

Works started on 10 May 2019 to remove the existing block paving from the road in Strood High Street and replace it with asphalt.

To do these works safely, Strood High Street will be closed for up to 10 weekends from Friday 10 May 2019. 

The closures will be in place from 8pm on the Friday evening and the road will remain closed until 5.30am on the following Monday morning. 

Signed diversions will be put in place whenever the road is closed. 

Additional bus services will be provided during this period and notices will be put up at bus stops along the route. 

You will still be able to access traders, shops and homes along the High Street. 

Our contractor will use the closure period to carry out as much work as possible to minimise future disruption.

If there are no delays due to circumstances outside of our control we will aim for these works to be completed by end of July. 

Thank you for your patience and continuing to support local businesses while works are carried out

Download the Strood road closure guide or read the Strood Town Centre road closures news item for closure dates and diversion details.

A copy of the guide has been delivered to residents and businesses. You can also get information at Strood Community Hub.

For more information about the Strood Town Centre Project email younew@medway.gov.uk.

Road closures 8pm Friday 17 May to 5am Monday 20 May

The second in a series of major road closures of the A2 Strood High Street will be put in place from 8pm on Friday 17 May 2019, and will run through to 5am on Monday 20 May 2019.

The works continue to replace the block paved carriageway in the High Street – from its junction with North Street to Station Road – with a new asphalt surface. Drainage and other works will also be carried out to prepare for future phases.

How we’re planning for delays and congestion

We still expect to face delays and congestion, but we have changed the London bound diversion route to reduce the delays faced before.

We will be keeping Cuxton Road open to traffic turning left (London bound) at the High Street and London Road junction during peak daytime traffic from 6am to 8pm and by putting out more route signage.

We will also increase regular patrols to ensure signage stays in place during the closure period.

Roads closed

Friday 17 May from 8pm:

  • Cuxton Road will be closed to traffic and vehicles will not be able to access Cuxton Road at its junctions with Priory Road, Charles Street or Roach Street.
  • High Street will be closed for Rochester bound traffic from Northcote Road through to Station Road. For London bound traffic, vehicles will not be able to pass McDonalds, instead they'll be diverted via Knight Road
  • Commercial Road will be closed from Knight Road (vehicles diverted into Knight Road) to the High Street
  • North Street will be closed from the Asda car park exit to the High Street
  • Gun Lane will be closed from Bryant Road to the High Street

Saturday 18 May between 6am to 8pm

Cuxton Road will be open to traffic but there will be no right turn into High Street or straight ahead into Gun Lane. All other closures will remain the same during this time.

Saturday 18 May from 8pm to 6am on Sunday 19 May

Cuxton Road will be closed to all through traffic. Vehicles will be unable to access Cuxton Road at its junctions with Priory Road, Charles Street or Roach Street. All other closures as described above will remain in place during this time.

Sunday 19 May from 6am to Monday 20 May at 5am

Cuxton Road – will be open to traffic but there will be no right turn into High Street or straight ahead into Gun Lane. All other closures as described above will remain in place during this time.

 

From 5am on Monday morning, all diversions will be removed and traffic will be able to use the High Street and other routes as normal.

Diversion route from Rochester

From 8pm on Friday, London bound traffic will be diverted onto Knight Road at McDonalds, onto Priory Road.

Depending on what closures are in place, traffic will either be diverted onto Northcote Road to rejoin London Road/A2, or diverted to Cuxton Road towards the High Street and left onto London Road/A2 towards London.

While Cuxton Road is open to traffic, vehicles will only be able to turn left onto London Road/A2 and continue their journey towards London.

Traffic going to Rochester

The signed diversion route will take traffic travelling to Rochester off at either Rede Court Road or Gravesend Road, onto the A289 and then back to High Street, Strood via Station Road.

Traffic using Cuxton Road (originating from the M2) will be diverted onto Northcote Road and then onto Gravesend Road to join the main diversion route via the A289.

Getting to Morrisons and the retail park

Access to Morrisons and the retail park will remain open, with traffic either using Commercial Road (from Rochester) or Priory Road (from Strood).

Getting to Tesco and the retail park

Tesco remains open as usual with access either by Alma Place, Cuxton Road/Roach Street or Smith Street.

During the hours of 8pm to 6am Friday night/Saturday morning and Saturday night/Sunday morning, Cuxton Road will be closed and traffic will be directed to Tesco via Alma Place or Smith Street, with their exit from Tesco via Alma Place onto Knight Road. 

Additional signage and Traffic Management Marshalls will be on hand to assist drivers as necessary.

Access to properties and businesses on one-way streets

Current restrictions and one way routes will not be changed. Access to businesses in 'Old' Commercial Road should access via Alma Place and turn right – there will be no entry/exit into Commercial Road at this point.

Access to Cuxton Road properties

Residents and businesses based in Cuxton Road will still have access via Smith Street when the Cuxton Road closure is in place.

When closed, exit for Cuxton Road and other residents will be Alma Place via Roach Street.

Traffic Management Marshalls will be on hand to assist drivers if necessary.

Business deliveries

As last weekend, if deliveries can be scheduled outside of the closure period that would help. If traders need access help during the closure period, please phone the site team on 08456 017 087, they will be able to advise further.

Deliveries to Cuxton Road will not be possible between 8pm and 6am on both Friday night/Saturday morning and Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Businesses in Gun Lane should note that low bridges will likely lie on any remaining access route, so contact with the site team is crucial.

Parking in Strood

Temple Street car park will be closed for the weekend but Commercial Road car park will remain open as normal. Access to the retail park, Tesco and Asda car park will not be affected.

Bus services

Some bus services that go through Strood Town Centre will be affected and bus operators are posting timetable changes.

Additional bus services have also been arranged to run throughout the closures.

Digital signs at bus stops are also giving passengers information and advice on where to get more information and extra signs will be displayed on bus stops closed over the weekend, directing users to the nearest appropriate stop.

Footways

There may be a need for short lengths of footways to be closed during the working periods. But pedestrian access to residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

These disruptions will be kept to a minimum and Medway Council apologise for any inconvenience these works cause.

Please respect our workers space and safety by driving carefully and slowly through the roadworks. Feedback from our workers shows that too many drivers go too fast through roadworks. Everyone is entitled to a safe workplace. Our men and women work next to moving traffic and risk injury every day.

How to contact us

If you have any problems or issues that need urgent attention when the weekend closures are in place, please speak to our workforce on site or phone 0845 6017 087.

If you wish to discuss the works in general or would like more information, call 01634 333 333 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm). If you wish to contact us through the Minicom (text) facility please ring 01634 331 300.


Future phases

Further improvements will be made in 2019.

Proposals include:

  • improved pedestrian routes
  • planting of more shrubs and trees
  • more seating areas
  • cycling facilities
  • further improvements to the road layout at Cuxton Road and Station Road to reduce congestion
  • new road surface within the town centre

Consultation

We have previously held consultations about the proposed improvements. View the results in the Final Strood Draft Action Plan Consultation Report.

Strood Train Station

The project has also provided funding towards the new railway station building at Strood, which was delivered by Southeastern and opened in 2017 as part of the National Station Improvement Programme. 

Find out more about the Strood Town Centre project by emailing yournew@medway.gov.uk