River Medway Towpath Improvements

A Single Local Growth Fund project to upgrade the existing path along the River Medway in Maidstone between Barming and Aylesford. The project is designed to accommodate the increasing use of cyclists along this route.

The project includes the provision of a sustainable all-weather surface along the river bank as well as ecological restoration.

Towpath closures and construction phases

LocationDate
Museum of Kent Life – Forstal Industrial EstateSection now open
East Farleigh Bridge – Unicumbes Lane31 October 2016 - 10 March 2017
South Street Barming – Riverside Park31 October  2016 - 10 March 2017
Allington Castle – Malta Inn23 November - 23 December 2016
Unicumbes Lane – Wharf Bridge Tovil9 January - 10 March 2017
Wharf Bridge Tovil – Lockmeadow16 January - 10 March 2017
Riverside Park – East Farleigh Bridge15 February  - 1 March 2017
Sandling Road footway23 February - 1 March 2017

A long term closure of the path between Aylesford Bailey Bridge and the M20 overbridge has been in place for a number of years. This section will continue to be closed up to the point of the official opening in April 2017.

The scheme includes:

  • repairing 9 areas of eroded river bank
  • resurfacing the pathway
  • planting of riverbank trees and plants to prevent future erosion
  • replacement of existing benches
  • improved access for disabled users
  • new signs
  • new parking facilities at Lockmeadow and the Museum of Kent Life
  • fixed stand cycle repair stations.

The scheme objectives are to:

  • create sustainable access to education and employment along the River Medway in Maidstone
  • increase access for disabled users
  • improve the ecology of the river
  • provide access for travel in a traffic-free environment.