The next stage of works to transform Strood town centre will begin this weekend.
Medway Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) secured £9million from the Local Growth Fund to carry out improvement works. Work began in February 2018 following a consultation with traders, residents and businesses.
A number of works have already been completed including improvements to the Commercial Road car park and Tolgate Lane.
The transformation project, which included the redevelopment of the railway station, aims to boost economic growth, provide new jobs in the town and create a place where people are proud to live, work, learn and visit.
Works to remove the existing block paving on the road on the high street and replace it with tarmac are due to start from Friday, 10 May 2019. The works will be carried out by Medway Council's contractor, VolkerHighways.
In order to carry out the works safely Strood High Street will be closed to traffic for approximately 10 weekends. The closures will be in place from 8pm on the Friday evening and the road will remain closed until 5.30am the following Monday morning.
Medway Council will be speaking to businesses in the vicinity of the works to advise of the closure dates and planned diversions.
The council is also working with bus operators to provide additional services during the closures.
There will still be pedestrian access to shops, traders and residences during the closures. The council's contractor will carry out as much work as possible to minimise future disruption.
The works are part of a series of improvements to Strood town centre and will improve the reliability of journey times through the town. They aim to make Strood an even more attractive destination for shoppers, businesses and residents.
Boosting economic growth and providing new
Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: "The transformation of Strood town centre is a very exciting project.
“We have worked closely with businesses during the improvement works and have kept them updated as the work progressed. We are also carrying out the transformation works in phases to minimise disruption.
“A number of works have already been completed including improvements to the Commercial Road car park and Tolgate Lane.
“The transformation project, which included the redevelopment of the railway station, aims to boost economic growth, provide new jobs in the town and create a place where people are proud to live, work, learn and visit.”
Other works in Strood, to transform Strood Waterfront for future development, are nearing completion.
Medway Council was awarded £3.5 million funding from the government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to enable flood defence works on the former Civic Centre site in Strood.
The council has invested in flood defences to regenerate the Civic Centre and Strood Riverside brownfield sites for future residential-led development.
Strood Waterfront will be transformed with more than 1,000 new homes, including affordable housing, businesses and public spaces.
The flood works, which are being carried out by VolkerStevin, are nearing completion and are expected to be finished in the summer.