Southern Gas Networks will close the offside lane of Rochester Old Bridge, carrying the A2 from Rochester to Strood, from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Tuesday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 5. Delays are expected during busy periods.

Southern Gas Networks are undertaking work to repair a gas main adjacent to the Old Bridge. The work involves fitting a steel sleeve on a joint of the gas main, which requires substantial preparatory work. This follows on from their investigations into the leak carried out last week.

A spokesman for Rochester Bridge Trust said: “Every effort is being made to minimise disruption, and Southern Gas Networks will be completing this complex procedure over the two days.”


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.