Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, has launched a consultation on his proposals to improve traffic flow to and through Strood town centre.
Local residents in Strood and Rochester have been plagued for years by poor traffic flow through this key part of Medway.
Mark Reckless is consulting residents on the following proposals:
- Introducing traffic lights at Darnley Arch roundabout;
- Changes to Commercial Road between B&Q and McDonalds;
- Creating a new one way Strood-bound road from Rochester Bridge through to Strood Retail Park and Knights Road; and
- Improvements to the Medway City Estate exit.
Mark Reckless MP said:
“I have received numerous complaints from residents about traffic problems in Strood, and it is becoming noticeably worse with many drivers sitting in gridlocked traffic. Traffic congestion is a threat to businesses and future investment in our towns, and has a direct impact on the quality of life for local residents.
Councillors on Medway Council’s planning committee recently approved plans which will see the existing slip road into Strood Retail Park, despite my objections, removed, which is only likely to exacerbate the situation.
We now need urgent action to get Strood moving. Over the coming weeks I will be consulting residents in Strood and Rochester on a number of proposals aimed at easing congestion and cutting journey times to and through Strood.
I would urge all residents and people who travel through Strood to take part in my consultation to ensure we have a road system in Strood which works for and not against local residents and businesses.”
Have Your Say
Please complete the web form below to have your say on which of the following ideas you support:
1: Introduce traffic lights at Darnley Arch roundabout. Rush hour queues to the A228 roundabout at its junction with Darnley and Northcote Roads are unacceptably long. Following works at Darnley Arch, the next step could be to replace the current roundabout with a crossroads junction controlled by traffic lights to improve traffic flow.
2: Changes to Commercial Road between B&Q and McDonalds. Traffic currently flows poorly where two separate lanes of traffic enter Commercial Road opposite B&Q. One lane, which is London or Cuxton bound from Rochester, meets one turning right from Strood High Street. Traffic need not merge at that point, as Commercial Road has two lanes, but vehicles often stop as it they need to merge. This worsens Rochester bound queues that can stretch back up the A2 in Strood beyond the 30mph signs and Woodstock/Castle View Roads junctions. Changes could also cut queues in Rochester on the A2 and Esplanade.
A physical lane divider as vehicles enter Commercial Road could therefore improve traffic flow. Better road marking to show that both A2 and A228 traffic can then use the left lane could also help, as could extending the third filter lane for A228 traffic turning left. However, these changes could probably only be implemented if we were to remove one of the three pedestrian crossings we currently have on this 200 yard stretch of road.
3: New one way Strood-bound road from bridge to B&Q and Morrisons car parks. There are almost constant delays on the A2 from Rochester bridge through to Knight Road. One way to relieve those delays would be to divert traffic heading to the Retail Park or to Morrisons onto the left filter road previously used to access the now demolished Strood Civic Centre. That road could potentially be extended around the current car park there, through the railway arch, and onto the road that runs between the Strood Retail Park and Morrisons car parks. We could then install traffic lights to improve traffic flow where that new one-way new road met Knight Road.
4: Medway City Estate exit improvements. In the near term a third lane exiting Medway City Estate, along with traffic lights some distance back on the Gillingham side of the tunnel to ensure gaps in traffic, should help reduce afternoon queues to leave the estate. Senior council officers also now appear to have agreed the proposal by Mark Reckless to build a new third lane for Strood-bound traffic from the Estate up to the Sans Pareil roundabout. We may not then need to open the Canal Road exit to vehicles other than buses.