Rochester Esplanade access closed for three weeks

Road users are advised there is to be a three-week closure of access to Rochester Esplanade near Rochester Bridge, while SGN carries out essential gas main replacement works.

SGN’s contractor, WCB Utilities, will be closing the carriageway from the turning next to The Crown public house and Rochester Bridge, to the bottom of Castle Hill on Monday, 6th February, from 8am. Parking will be suspended on Sunday, 5th, to enable works to begin promptly. Please note, this is three weeks later than was originally advertised.

This means it will not be possible for motor vehicles to turn right from Rochester Bridge when travelling from Strood, or left from the High Street or Corporation Street/A2 when travelling from Rochester. Pedestrian access will be maintained. Road access to Castle Hill will be possible as the rest of Rochester Esplanade will be kept open or subject to single lane closures only. Diversions will be implemented and signed by SGN’s Contractor.

The closure is to allow SGN’s contractor to replace a gas main, starting outside 1 Esplanade. While the rest of Rochester Esplanade can be kept open to traffic during the works, this area requires some additional working that could not be safely carried out under single lane closure conditions.

The closure has been agreed in liaison with local stakeholders to ensure there is no clash with other planned roadworks. It will take place on Rochester Esplanade with permission from landowner the Rochester Bridge Trust – these works are otherwise unrelated to the Trust.

For more information the public can contact SGN on 0800 9121700.

The works can be viewed on the SGN website here.

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