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When will Strood High Street be closed? What you need to know

By Rachel Dixon

A high street will be closed to traffic for 10 weekends so developers can replace paving blocks with a new surface.

The works are part of Medway Council's plan to improve Strood town centre.

To ensure the public's safety, Strood High Street will be closed from 8pm on Friday to 5.30am on Monday every weekend from this week onwards.

Strood High Street will be closed to replace paving blocks with a new road surface
Strood High Street will be closed to replace paving blocks with a new road surface

Medway Council will also work with bus companies to provide additional services during the closures.

Shoppers can still access stores, traders and homes on foot.

Medway Council hopes the works will improve the reliability of journey times through the town.

It also aims to make Strood an more attractive destination for shoppers, businesses and residents.

Portfolio holder for frontline services, Cllr Phil Filmer, said: "The transformation of Strood town centre is a very exciting project.

Building works in Canal Road, Strood. Picture: Steve Crispe
Building works in Canal Road, Strood. Picture: Steve Crispe
Cllr Phil Filmer
Cllr Phil Filmer

“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.

“The transformation project 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.

Improvements to Tolgate Lane were part of the Strood redevelopment plans. Picture: Chris Davey
Improvements to Tolgate Lane were part of the Strood redevelopment plans. Picture: Chris Davey

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.

For more information visit www.medway.gov.uk/yournewstrood

The first weekend caused travel chaos for motorists.

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