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 has been closed to traffic for a number of weekends. 

Our contractor used these weekend closure periods to carry out as much of the work as possible, meaning that the remaining work will now be completed over fewer weekends than planned. 

Upcoming road closures

This closure is a reduction from the original proposal to close the High Street from Friday night through to Monday morning as advertised in the Strood road closure guide.  Diversion routes remain unchanged.

Saturday 22 June from 10pm to 5am (overnight closure only)

This is a reduction from the original proposal to close the high street from Friday night through to Monday morning as advertised in the Strood road closure guide.  Diversion routes remain unchanged.

Friday 26 July to Monday 29 July (overnight closure only)

This is a reduction from the original proposal to close the High Street from Friday night through to Monday morning as advertised in the Strood road closure guide.  Diversion routes remain unchanged.

The closures will be in place on:

  • Friday 26 July at 8pm to Saturday 27 July at 5.30am
  • Saturday 27 July at 8pm to Sunday 28 July at 5.30am
  • Sunday 28 July at 8pm to Monday 29 July at 5.30am

During these times:

  • High Street will be closed at Station Road in all directions during the closure period and open again during the day.
  • traffic heading eastbound along High Street will still be able to access Commercial Road
  • there will be no access to Rochester Bridge via High Street or Station Road
  • there will be no access to Strood/Commercial Road via Rochester Bridge, Station Road or Canal Road

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

Bus services through Strood Town Centre

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 working periods but you will still be able to access traders, shops and homes along the High Street. 

 

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

For more information about the Strood Town Centre Project email yournew@medway.gov.uk. Information is also available at Strood Community Hub.

Business compensation is not considered

The works are intended to boost the regeneration of Strood and the attractiveness of Strood for residents and businesses. 

This is seen as a benefit to all businesses located in Strood, the advantages of which are likely to outweigh any short-term inconvenience.  For this reason, Medway is not considering compensation to businesses.

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

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