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Historic River Wall Cleaning Underway

The Rochester Bridge Trust’s major cleaning, inspection and repairs programme for its historic river embankments has started.

A team of specialists is currently washing off and inspecting river walls on the Strood embankment of the River Medway. The team, and their work platform on a telescopic arm, will move to the Rochester side of the river for approximately two weeks from July 7.

More than 500 square metres of Grade 2 listed masonry alongside the River Medway are being inspected and repaired upstream of Rochester Old Bridge.

On the Rochester-side of the river there will be temporary closures of a section of the footway at Rochester Esplanade. Some Esplanade riverside parking bays will be inaccessible, or suspended as required, during the works.


1. The Rochester Bridge Trust is a charitable trust that exists to maintain the old and new bridges at Rochester and serve the travelling public. It is the only surviving bridge trust still serving its original purpose, and it has served the people of Kent since 1399. The Trust also supports numerous community and education projects across historic Kent and Medway.

2. The Trust’s assets all derive from endowments of land and money in the 14th and 15th centuries and are carefully managed in order to provide an income to fund bridge maintenance and local charitable grants. The Trust receives no external funding and is regulated by the Charity Commission.

For more information:

The Rochester Bridge Trust
5 Esplanade
Kent ME1 1QE
Tel: 01634 846706
Fax: 01634 840125

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